STUART GRIMLEY MP

Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Sentencing Reform

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:02): My question is for the Attorney-General. Attorney, I was humbled to pass an amendment to the Sentencing Amendment (Emergency Worker Harm)
Bill 2020 that requires you to cause a report on the effectiveness of the amendments made by this act to be undertaken. New section 116A, as you would be aware, requires the relevant minister to table this report before each house of Parliament as soon as practicable after the review is completed. The review was to be completed soon after 12 months after the day on which the act came into operation, which as I read it was due on 30 June 2021. Attorney, when can we expect the review to be tabled given it is now eight months since the reporting period?

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:03): Thank you, Attorney. I look forward to reading the report. Section 115F of the Sentencing Act 1991 provides for the reporting of mandatory treatment
and monitoring orders to be made each year. These MTMOs were legislated in 2018 as an alternative to the often useless community correction orders. MTMOs were tipped to be a more intensive sanction for those who assault emergency services workers. You may be aware that I recently submitted an FOI on the data for MTMOs, and I found out through the response that just one MTMO has been handed down through our courts since their inception in 2018. Minister, does this indicate that MTMOs are not understood across the judiciary or that they are not effective, or are there any other reasons for this poor implementation?

STUART GRIMLEY MP

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