Suspended Sentences Should Stay

Delay in Abolishing Suspended Sentences no Substitute for Good Corrections Policy

The delay in abolishing suspended sentences is welcome, but Tasmania will remain at risk of higher rates of crime until  Attorney General Vanessa Goodwin completely abandons her bizarre policy of increasing crime rates by abolishing all suspended sentences.

“Any time you have to crabwalk away from an election promise it’s of course very embarrassing. However, this is a step in the right direction, but in order to make Tasmania safer Dr Goodwin should accept reality and support suspended sentences as a crucial weapon in the fight against crime,” said Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim MP.

Record Support for Marriage Equality

Crosby Textor Poll Shows Record Support for Marriage Equality 

A new Crosby Textor poll on marriage equality has shown a record 72% support in Australia, with support for the reform doubling since 2004.

 

“The new poll clearly shows that parliaments are falling well behind public opinion on marriage equality, which now has massive community support,” Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim MP said today.

Anti-Protest Laws Unconstitutional?

Premier Must Respond to Constitutional Uncertainty on Anti-Protest Laws

After using constitutional uncertainty to justify voting against marriage equality legislation last year, Premier Will Hodgman must now consider his draconian anti-protest laws in light of Professor George Williams’ opinion that they are on ‘quite shaky constitutional grounds’.

“The Premier was quite happy to use his fear of a High Court challenge to justify voting against marriage equality last year, so it’s bizarre that he would be so blithely unconcerned that one of Australia’s foremost constitutional experts has raised concerns that the anti protest laws may not survive a high court challenge,” said Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim MP.

Support for Dying with Dignity

Ex-Archbishop of Canterbury Supports Dying with Dignity

The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has broken ranks with his church and indicated that he will support a bill for assisted dying on its second reading in the House of Lords next week.

 

“This change of heart from a senior Anglican church figure in the UK reflects the views of many Christians in Australia who support assisted dying,” said Greens Member for Franklin Nick McKim MP.