Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 October 2022) . . Page.. 2795 ..
Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to call upon the Government to, as part of the current budget submissions, propose funding the following reviews:
- independent review of the judgments and decisions of the ACT Judiciary regarding sentencing. This review should be for the last 5 years and in reference to the intent of the purpose of sentencing under the Crimes (Sentencing) Act 2005, where no purpose should be given greater weight than any other purpose;
The review also needs to the cognisant and include the complimentary components of the justice system;
- review of the corrective services framework in treating recidivism;
- review of the current capacity and suitability of correctional facilities, rehabilitation programs (in prison and community including drug and alcohol addiction programs) with the ACT corrective services;
- a commitment to trial of electronic tagging community-based order program and its complementary effect on re-offending.
By Mr Hanson, from 3093 residents:
To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory
Reason for this Petition
The following residents of the ACT draw the attention of the Assembly there is clear evidence of repeated motor vehicle crimes and incidents endangering the community (including loss of life) that require minimum sentencing guidelines to be applied to enforce appropriate penalty and deterrent to repeat offenders (recidivists) including re-offending on bail, good behaviour bond, community based order and parole. The community right to safety and to be treated equal in the eyes of the law must be applied.
Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to review and consider implementing “Matthew’s Law” sentencing guidelines to the following motor vehicle crimes:
- purposeful driving on the wrong side of a thoroughfare or public footpath (2-5 years)
- aggravated accumulated sentence
- repeat offence (1-3 years)
- drug/drink driving (1-2 years)
- excessive speed (3 months to 12 months)
- cause collision including injury (1-3 years)
- cause collision resulting in death (3-10 years)
The above sentencing will also apply to 1) furious driving including driving at or near police (2-5 years) and 2) high grade reckless and culpable driving.