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Thursday, 1 June 1995
MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair at 10.30 am and read the prayer.
The Clerk: The following petition has been lodged for presentation:
By Mr Humphries, from 160 residents, requesting that the Assembly legislate to ensure that penalties reflect the violence of the crimes.
The terms of this petition will be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate Minister.
Sentencing of Violent Criminals
The petition read as follows:
To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory:
The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly the sentencing of violent criminals. The sentences handed down to these criminals should reflect the serious nature of their crimes. Soft sentencing by judges should end so that there is fairness to the victims as well as the accused.
Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: legislate to ensure that penalties reflect the violence of the crimes.