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    Just pm'd you. I'm in!! Have no idea what thread but maybe under the research help, campaigns sections?? Can't find anywhere it would fit.

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    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-1...or-cow/5323068

    Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said he is reviewing the sentence, indicating he could request an appeal to have the non-parole period extended.

    "I have spoken to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) about seeking advice," he said.
    "I'll be meeting with the Director of Public Prosecutions next week and we'll be formalising, or he will be formalising the advice to me and then based on that advice we'll then see where we go."

    "I have to be very careful with what I say. Suffice to say that I have been contacted this morning by many members of the community who are concerned with the sentence handed down and that's why I immediately asked the DPP to look at giving me appropriate advice for the next few days."

    Queensland Government Minister Scott Emerson said a review of Cowan's sentence is appropriate.

    "I do note that in other parts of Australia, similar crimes do carry much heavier penalties," he said.

    "I think there's a lot of community concern about this case, and obviously community awareness of this case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky1 View Post
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-1...or-cow/5323068

    Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said he is reviewing the sentence, indicating he could request an appeal to have the non-parole period extended.

    "I have spoken to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) about seeking advice," he said.
    "I'll be meeting with the Director of Public Prosecutions next week and we'll be formalising, or he will be formalising the advice to me and then based on that advice we'll then see where we go."

    "I have to be very careful with what I say. Suffice to say that I have been contacted this morning by many members of the community who are concerned with the sentence handed down and that's why I immediately asked the DPP to look at giving me appropriate advice for the next few days."

    Queensland Government Minister Scott Emerson said a review of Cowan's sentence is appropriate.

    "I do note that in other parts of Australia, similar crimes do carry much heavier penalties," he said.

    "I think there's a lot of community concern about this case, and obviously community awareness of this case.
    This is from Jarood Bliejies website:

    Objectives of the Bill

    The primary objectives of the Criminal Law (Two Strike Child Sex

    Offenders) Amendment Bill 2012 (the Bill) are to:

    1. Amend the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 to insert a new mandatory

    sentencing regime of life imprisonment for certain repeat child sex

    offenders; and

    2. Amend the Corrective Services Act 2006 to prescribe a minimum

    non-parole period of 20 years imprisonment for an offender sentenced to

    mandatory life imprisonment under the new repeat child sex offender

    sentencing regime in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992.

    Reasons for the Bill

    The Bill implements the Liberal National Party’s pre-election commitment

    to toughen the sentences for repeat child sex offenders.

    The Bill amends the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 and the Corrective

    Services Act 2006 to provide a new mandatory sentencing regime of life

    imprisonment, with a 20 year non-parole period, for certain repeat child sex

    offenders.

    This new sentencing regime reflects that child sex offending is so heinous

    and presents such a risk to the safety of the community that the strongest

    legislative response is called for to ensure appropriate punishments are

    imposed.

    The new regime applies where:

    • an adult offender is convicted of a relevant serious child sex offence

    (as defined in the Bill);

    • such offence is committed after the commencement of the Bill;

    • the offender has a prior conviction as an adult for a relevant serious

    child sex offence (it does not matter whether the first offence was

    committed, or the offender was convicted of the first offence, before

    or after the commencement of the Bill); and

    • the second offence is committed after the conviction of the first

    offence.

    The court in sentencing the offender on that second occasion, must impose

    life imprisonment which cannot be mitigated or varied (the court may

    however impose an indefinite sentence under Part 10 of the Penalties and

    Sentences Act 1992).

    The new regime applies to the Criminal Code offences listed in new

    Schedule 1A to the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 committed in relation

    to a child under 16 years and in circumstances where an offender convicted

    of the offence would be liable to imprisonment for life.

    Achievement of the Objectives

    The Bill achieves the objectives by way of the proposed amendments to

    existing legislation described below.

    Alternative ways of achieving policy objectives

    There are no alternative ways of achieving the criminal law reform.

    Estimated Cost for Government Implementation

    Any costs in relation to the amendments will be met from existing agency

    resources.

    Consistency with Fundamental Legislative Principles

    The Bill amends the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 and the Corrective

    Services Act 2006 to insert a new mandatory sentencing regime of life

    imprisonment, with a 20 year minimum non-parole period, for certain

    repeat child sex offenders.

    The creation of the mandatory sentencing regime impacts on the rights and

    liberties of individuals. The new regime represents significantly greater

    punishment than was authorised by the former law. A mandatory sentence

    that cannot be mitigated represents a significant abridgment of traditional

    rights. However, the effect on the individual must be balanced against the

    need for community protection. Child sex offenders victimise one of the

    most vulnerable groups in the community. It is incumbent on the

    community to provide adequate protection from harm to this group, as they

    are inherently unequipped to protect themselves from such predation.

    The new mandatory sentencing regime is necessary to: denounce repeat

    child sex offenders; provide adequate deterrence for this cohort of

    offenders; protect one of the most vulnerable groups of the community; and

    to enhance community confidence in the criminal justice system.

    The new mandatory sentencing regime operates with partial retrospective

    effect to the extent that a serious child sex offence conviction that occurred

    before commencement of the Bill will be recognised as the ‘first child sex

    offence’ for the purpose of the new regime. However, the subsequent child

    sex offence that attracts the sentence of mandatory life imprisonment must

    be committed post-commencement of the Bill. The effect of the

    retrospectivity therefore is that a person who, prior to commencement, has

    a conviction for a relevant child sex offence will upon commencement of

    the Bill be within the ambit of the new regime, but only if they re-offend

    with a prescribed offence. Any adverse effect on the rights or liberties of

    this cohort of offenders is justified with reference to community protection

    considerations.

    Consultation

    Consultation with the following government departments and agencies

    occurred: the Department of the Premier and Cabinet; Queensland

    Treasury and Trade; the Department of Community Safety; and the

    Queensland Police Service.


    however some argue that it could make offenders more violent knowing its a blanket life sentence.

    In cases like Brett Cowens, I don't see how he could have been "more violent and dangerous" so in cases like that it should be much tougher, and lessor cases (not that we can really compare) at least much harder than what they get now! atm its a bit like a slap on the wrist, UNNACCEPTABLE! perhaps we should contact Bleijie..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialPatrolGroup View Post
    Our justice system just doesn't have such lengthy sentences, unfortunately.

    I read an article last night and it doesn't sound good behaviour is too likely. Someone who had been in remand with him said that he is a smart @rse and very antagonistic. The fact that he has been labelled as 'bash on sight' may mean he is never integrated with the rest of the prison population but if he is I can't imagine he will last too long.


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    Ah good to hear that at least, i didn't know all that. Bash on sight? Good to hear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiplusthree View Post
    This is from Jarood Bliejies website:

    Objectives of the Bill

    The primary objectives of the Criminal Law (Two Strike Child Sex

    Offenders) Amendment Bill 2012 (the Bill) are to:

    1. Amend the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 to insert a new mandatory

    sentencing regime of life imprisonment for certain repeat child sex

    offenders; and

    2. Amend the Corrective Services Act 2006 to prescribe a minimum

    non-parole period of 20 years imprisonment for an offender sentenced to

    mandatory life imprisonment under the new repeat child sex offender

    sentencing regime in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992.

    Reasons for the Bill

    The Bill implements the Liberal National Party’s pre-election commitment

    to toughen the sentences for repeat child sex offenders.

    The Bill amends the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 and the Corrective

    Services Act 2006 to provide a new mandatory sentencing regime of life

    imprisonment, with a 20 year non-parole period, for certain repeat child sex

    offenders.

    This new sentencing regime reflects that child sex offending is so heinous

    and presents such a risk to the safety of the community that the strongest

    legislative response is called for to ensure appropriate punishments are

    imposed.

    The new regime applies where:

    • an adult offender is convicted of a relevant serious child sex offence

    (as defined in the Bill);

    • such offence is committed after the commencement of the Bill;

    • the offender has a prior conviction as an adult for a relevant serious

    child sex offence (it does not matter whether the first offence was

    committed, or the offender was convicted of the first offence, before

    or after the commencement of the Bill); and

    • the second offence is committed after the conviction of the first

    offence.

    The court in sentencing the offender on that second occasion, must impose

    life imprisonment which cannot be mitigated or varied (the court may

    however impose an indefinite sentence under Part 10 of the Penalties and

    Sentences Act 1992).

    The new regime applies to the Criminal Code offences listed in new

    Schedule 1A to the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 committed in relation

    to a child under 16 years and in circumstances where an offender convicted

    of the offence would be liable to imprisonment for life.

    Achievement of the Objectives

    The Bill achieves the objectives by way of the proposed amendments to

    existing legislation described below.

    Alternative ways of achieving policy objectives

    There are no alternative ways of achieving the criminal law reform.

    Estimated Cost for Government Implementation

    Any costs in relation to the amendments will be met from existing agency

    resources.

    Consistency with Fundamental Legislative Principles

    The Bill amends the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 and the Corrective

    Services Act 2006 to insert a new mandatory sentencing regime of life

    imprisonment, with a 20 year minimum non-parole period, for certain

    repeat child sex offenders.

    The creation of the mandatory sentencing regime impacts on the rights and

    liberties of individuals. The new regime represents significantly greater

    punishment than was authorised by the former law. A mandatory sentence

    that cannot be mitigated represents a significant abridgment of traditional

    rights. However, the effect on the individual must be balanced against the

    need for community protection. Child sex offenders victimise one of the

    most vulnerable groups in the community. It is incumbent on the

    community to provide adequate protection from harm to this group, as they

    are inherently unequipped to protect themselves from such predation.

    The new mandatory sentencing regime is necessary to: denounce repeat

    child sex offenders; provide adequate deterrence for this cohort of

    offenders; protect one of the most vulnerable groups of the community; and

    to enhance community confidence in the criminal justice system.

    The new mandatory sentencing regime operates with partial retrospective

    effect to the extent that a serious child sex offence conviction that occurred

    before commencement of the Bill will be recognised as the ‘first child sex

    offence’ for the purpose of the new regime. However, the subsequent child

    sex offence that attracts the sentence of mandatory life imprisonment must

    be committed post-commencement of the Bill. The effect of the

    retrospectivity therefore is that a person who, prior to commencement, has

    a conviction for a relevant child sex offence will upon commencement of

    the Bill be within the ambit of the new regime, but only if they re-offend

    with a prescribed offence. Any adverse effect on the rights or liberties of

    this cohort of offenders is justified with reference to community protection

    considerations.

    Consultation

    Consultation with the following government departments and agencies

    occurred: the Department of the Premier and Cabinet; Queensland

    Treasury and Trade; the Department of Community Safety; and the

    Queensland Police Service.


    however some argue that it could make offenders more violent knowing its a blanket life sentence.

    In cases like Brett Cowens, I don't see how he could have been "more violent and dangerous" so in cases like that it should be much tougher, and lessor cases (not that we can really compare) at least much harder than what they get now! atm its a bit like a slap on the wrist, UNNACCEPTABLE! perhaps we should contact Bleijie..?
    Yep I reckon we see what will happen with this and go from there. But if the sentence stays as it is I'm happy to organize a march.

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    That Two Strike legislation for child sex offenders has already been enacted in Queensland. It passed through Parliament in July, 2012.

    https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/L...12/12AC014.pdf
    Last edited by DailyDiversion; 15-03-2014 at 22:20.

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    The special on 60 minutes tonight was so emotional. His parents and brothers are such courageous people. Absolutely amazing. I am still crying about it. No child should ever go through something like what he would have gone through.

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