SASS submission - Sentencing Amendment (Mandatory Sentencing) Bill 2017

24 April 2017

Aggregate sentence lengths for sexual assault and related offences are lower in Tasmania than in any other jurisdiction, and incarceration for certain sexual offences against children, for example sexual intercourse with a young person, is utilised much less frequently in Tasmania than in other parts of Australia. Furthermore, suspended sentences are used far more frequently in Tasmania for cases of maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person than they are in other states. With these concerns in mind, SASS expressed our support for this Bill. See our submission for full details.