Goodwin wasting valuable legal resources

Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin needs to explain why she is wasting the time and resources of the Sentencing Advisory Council by requesting advice on an issue which she has already made up her mind.

Shadow Attorney-General Lara Giddings said it was sheer arrogance from the Liberal Party to request advice it is likely to ignore on suspended sentences.

“Vanessa Goodwin is determined to scrap the option of suspended sentences, despite expert opinion from across the legal profession to the contrary,” Ms Giddings said.

“I have no confidence the Sentencing Advisory Council won’t simply be ignored should it provide advice that supports suspended sentencing in Tasmania.

“The Liberals should just be honest with Tasmanians and scrap this ridiculous idea that will only succeed in overcrowding the prisons, without making the community safer.”