I do not support the death penalty. In my opinion, if a person’s conviction results in a life sentence, then life it will be. In other words, life means life.
For governments to promise to increase police numbers and do nothing about it when in government is something I find reprehensible.
I would support the creation of a Police Ombudsman. It seems that when there is an issue between a member of the public and the police, the only avenue to seek rectification is to go through the Courts. There must be an avenue to allow errors etc to be rectified without the need to incur Court costs.
Any person who is convicted of a crime that attracts a non-life sentence may be eligible for parole, subject to conditions being met, e.g. having served two-thirds of his/her sentence, demonstrated remorse etc. However, if a person (i) is paroled (ii) commits a crime during the parole period (iii) is subsequently convicted and (iv) receives a custodial sentence as a the penalty for that, then that person should first serve the entire parole period that s/he was granted in the first place and then serve the subsequent sentence. Sentences not to be served concurrently.
Governments should only look at a custodial sentence for those persons who commit an act of violence against a person/s or threaten to commit an act of violence against a person/s. I find it difficult to accept that a person can be imprisoned for a minor white collar crime or choose imprisonment to have a debt written off.
Our laws need to be reviewed to ensure that they are commensurate with today’s society and that penalties are equitable. It doesn’t seem right that a white collar crime could result in a 15 year sentence and another only receives 7 years for taking a life or even less for rape. Our laws should be graded and their penalties measured accordingly.
I will never support any move to wind down or make ineffectual the Corruption & Crime Commission (CCC). A public official is in a position of trust and to violate that trust is tantamount to a betrayal of the public’s confidence in that position.
Judiciary appointments should not be a “job for life”. All appointees should only be appointed for a fixed term and a contractual extension should only be allowed subject to a performance review.
If a person is appointed to the bench, then s/he would also be required to serve as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (Lower House) or President of the Legislative Council (Upper House) on a rotating basis. Candidates for these 2 roles should be drawn from the judiciary and not from the elected representatives as has been the tradition. The elected representatives are there to govern.