Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (14:06): My constituency question is for the Attorney-General
and relates to sentencing trends for sexual crimes. In order to get the best out of our legal system and
greater trust from the broader community, transparency is essential. Many members of my electorate
of Western Victoria have spoken to me about the sentences given to sexual offenders in their various
forms, particularly the disgusting crime of raping children. Regular reviews of sentencing for sex
offenders, including the comparison between the sentences handed down by courts versus the actual
sentences served, should be reviewed at the very least for the purposes of scrutiny. The Sentencing
Advisory Council has published informative reports, for example, on the sentencing trends for
penetration of a child between 12 and 16, but in the case of many studies these reports can be outdated
or can use old data. Further, it is my understanding that there is no requirement on the Sentencing
Advisory Council to regularly review certain offences and trends. My question is: can the minister
explain what mechanisms are in place to assess and review the sentences handed down by courts in
comparison to the actual time served by perpetrators for sexual crimes?