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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Standard minimum jail terms on Sentencing Advisory Council agenda

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Monday, December 20, 2010

    Standard minimum jail terms on Sentencing Advisory Council agenda

    Queensland’s new Sentencing Advisory Council gathered for the first time today, with standard minimum jail terms for serious crimes at the top of the council’s meeting agenda.

    Attorney-General Cameron Dick today attended the first meeting of the council, which is chaired by distinguished legal academic and Dean of the Faculty of Law at Bond University, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie.

    Mr Dick said the council’s 12 members had accepted a major responsibility.

    “These 12 Queenslanders, each with their own insight into our criminal justice system, are representing the broader Queensland community,” Mr Dick said.

    “The council will provide advice to the government on sentencing, help promote consistency in sentencing, stimulate public debate and raise awareness about the complexities of the sentencing process.”

    Mr Dick said one of the council’s first tasks was to examine the appropriate offences to which a minimum standard non-parole period should apply, and to recommend what those non-parole periods should be.

    “The establishment of the Sentencing Advisory Council is a key plank in this government’s commitment to modernising our justice system,” he said.

    “The council is comprised of people drawn from many areas of the criminal justice system and represents a diverse range of perspectives.

    “We have assembled a very capable group with backgrounds from victims’ advocacy groups, law enforcement, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the legal profession.

    “Each member brings a wealth of knowledge in their specific area and a desire to contribute to sentencing reform in Queensland.”

    The members of the inaugural council are: Professor Geraldine Mackenzie (chair), Christy McGuire, Jonty Bush, Beryl Crosby, Nicholas Tucker, Jeff Hunter, John Allen, Kevin Cocks, Bob Colless, Bob Atkinson APM, Tony Moynihan SC, Kelvin Anderson.

    Media contact: Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister 3239 3487