Mr GRIMLEY: I rise to speak on Ms Maxwell’s amendment to the Justice Legislation Amendment (Serious Offenders and Other Matters) Bill 2019, which makes a number of necessary amendments to the corrections system. Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party prides itself on taking a commonsense approach decision-making, and I believe this amendment is simply common sense. Most Victorians would agree that when a prisoner receives compensation from the state, that that compensation should initially be used to pay off genuine existing debts and then be distributed amongst the perpetrator’s victims. This may sound like a very specific set of circumstances which lead to this situation; however, Ms Maxwell accurately cited four separate prisoners in the first five months of this year who have been awarded compensation from the state. In the interests of an efficient debate, I will not recount those individual examples. This proposed amendment ensures that all victims, regardless of their status on the victims register, receive a notification if their perpetrator has been awarded compensation from the state. I note that money alone cannot compensate for the crimes which have been committed. However, all victims should at least be empowered to make that decision. It is victims who have to relive traumatic experiences time and time again, while their perpetrator resides in prison and receives compensation from the taxpayer. I understand that the government argues that some victims do not want any interaction with their perpetrator under any circumstances once they have been convicted. This is understandable, but the corrections system should become somewhat flexible in terms of allowing victims to be notified of some matters and not others. I have discussed many times in this place that the justice system should not be viewed purely as a legal system: the rights of genuine victims must continue to be prioritised over the rights of criminals. I believe this bill addresses a lot of existing issues in our prison system, and it is definitely a step in the right direction. However, I hope that all sides of the chamber will support Ms Maxwell’s amendment, which aims to bring our corrections system into line with community expectations.