Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell’s Bill, The Criminal Justice (Judicial Discretion) (Amendment) Bill 2019, will return to the house to complete its first Reading (it is expected), in September of this year.
The Bill proposes a simple amendment to the current legislation which would give judges discretion to recommend minimum tariffs for those convicted of murder -within the current mandatory life sentencing framework.
In recent days, Marie-Louise has also been speaking passionately on the Parole Bill 2016 in the Upper House. This Bill, amongst many other things, sets a minimum period of 12 years (as opposed to the current 7 years) that a convicted murderer must serve before parole may be considered.
We thank Senator O’Donnell for her tireless work on behalf of AdVIC and its families.
Updates to follow in due course.