Parliament in November saw the Sentencing Amendment (Presumption of Mandatory Sentences) Bill 2023 passed in the House of Assembly. This new sentencing legislation introduces a minimum sentencing presumption for child sexual offenders.

The Bill passed finally with the support of the Labor Party, backflipping on their opposition to earlier iterations of the Bill, in 2017, 2020, and 2022. Labor have campaigned against our minimum mandatory sentencing Bill for ten years, ignoring the pleas of victim-survivors and the Tasmanian community.
We have listened to the people of Tasmania who have given us a strong mandate since 2014 to demand child sexual offenders be given the strongest possible sentences.
The Rockliff Government is committed to protecting our most vulnerable and I am pleased that this legislation is one step closer to achieving that.

In closing, my best wishes to you all, and I look forward to seeing you out and about.

- Guy Barnett



Change for a brighter future.