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Sentencing Advisory Council Rejects Mandatory Sentences

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokesperson

The Sentencing Advisory Council has stood its ground and hit back at the Liberals’ politically motivated stunt designed to tap into people’s valid concerns for the safety of their children.

The first half of the SAC Mandatory Sentencing for Serious Sex Offences Against Children report is dedicated to setting out its objections to the government’s position.  

Children Exposed to Family Violence Slipping Through Large Service Gaps

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson

Former Australia of the Year, Rosie Batty launched the Commissioner for Children’s report, ‘Children and Young People’s Unique Experience of Family Violence' today.

While launching the Report, Ms Batty told her own heart wrenching story and talked about how all children who are victims of violence in the home must be heard and supported.

In Tasmania, it seems as though that's not yet the case.

Greens Release Costed Plan to Close Ashley

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

The Tasmanian Greens have developed a fully costed plan to close the Ashley Youth Detention Centre and invest in two new medium and high security facilities in the North and South that will deliver a therapeutic model of youth justice and far better outcomes for juvenile offenders in Tasmania.

The evidence is clear that Ashley represents a failed model for youth justice.  It is punitive and doing too little to ensure young Tasmanians who find themselves on the wrong side of the law aren't on a pathway to adult prison.

Ashley Review Builds Case for Closure

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson

The Independent Review of Ashley Youth Detention Centre makes it clear the model for dealing with young offenders in Tasmania has failed.

These failures increase the likelihood of problems at Ashley, poorer outcomes for young people and a less safe community.

The changes announced by the Minister for Human Services are unfortunately just tinkering at the edges.  Ultimately, Ashley Youth Detention Centre must be closed.

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