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Title

  • Bills — Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2019; in Committee
  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2019 - in Committee - Mandatory minimum sentences

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Murray Watt</p>
  • <p>The opposition opposes schedule 6 in the following terms:</p>
  • <p class="italic">(4) Schedule 6, page 25 (line 1) to page 32 (line 16), to be opposed .</p>
  • The same number of senators voted for and against a [motion](https://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?gid=2020-06-15.226.1) *that schedule 6 stand as printed*, which means the motion failed. In other words, schedule 6 - which dealt with [mandatory minimum sentences](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandatory_sentencing) - was not supported by the majority in the Senate.
  • This motion was put after Queensland Senator [Murray Watt](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/queensland/murray_watt) (Labor) introduced a [motion](https://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?gid=2020-06-15.225.1) to oppose the schedule.
  • ### What are mandatory minimum sentences?
  • The [bills digest](https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1920a/20bd053) explains that "*[m]andatory sentencing laws specify a minimum penalty or a fixed penalty that a judge must impose in relation to a particular offence or type of offender (for example a repeat offender).*" There is a lot of debate about the effectiveness of mandatory sentences - see the [bills digest](https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1920a/20bd053) for more discussion.
  • <p class="italic">[minimum sentences]</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Nick McKim</p>
  • <p>I indicate that the Greens will be supporting this amendment.</p>
  • <p class="italic">The CHAIR: The question is that schedule 6 stand as printed.</p>