Law Reform

Petition calling for Life For Rapist Murderers

Life for Rapist Murderers Petition

I am calling for national law reform for mandatory life sentencing without parole for rapist murderers because they should never be given another chance to repeat their crimes.

I launched my petition on on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and 16 Days of Activism.

I encourage you to support my campaign by signing and sharing the petition.

Together we can make law reform a reality.

Together we can make our nation safer for women and children.

NSW Review of Sentencing for Murder and Manslaughter

The NSW government has asked for a review of laws relating to life sentences for murder and the standard non-parole period, amid growing community concerns.

The Attorney General asked the Sentencing Council to review sentencing for murder and manslaughter, including the penalties imposed for domestic and family violence homicides and the standard non-parole periods for murder.

The Sentencing Council invited preliminary submissions by 8 March 2019 to help frame the issues to be addressed in consultations. I submitted a paper (below).

In October a consultation paper was produced dealing with the issues identified by the terms of reference and preliminary submissions. Submissions closed on 20 February 2020. I also submitted a paper see below.

The terms of reference

The Sentencing Council is to review the sentencing for the offences of murder and manslaughter under sections 19A, 19B and 24 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW), in particular:

  • the standard non-parole periods for murder and whether they should be increased; and
  • the sentences imposed for domestic and family violence related homicides.

In undertaking this review, the Sentencing Council should consider:

  • Sentences imposed for homicides and how these sentencing decisions compare with sentencing decisions in other Australian states and territories;
  • The impact of sentencing decisions on the family members of homicide victims;
  • The devastating impact of domestic and family violence on our community;
  • The application of section 61 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 in the context of life sentences imposed for murder;
  • The principles that courts apply when sentencing for these offences, including the sentencing principles applied in cases involving domestic and family violence; and
  • Any other matter the Council considers relevant.

My submissions

I made a submission to the NSW Review into Sentencing for Murder and Manslaughter on 7 February 2020.

I also made a preliminary submission to inform the Consultation Paper on 8 March 2019.