Supplementary Order Paper No 553

No 553

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Protection for First Responders and Prison Officers Bill

Proposed amendment

Simeon Brown, in Committee, to move the following amendment:

Clause 6

Delete clause 6 (page 3, lines 1 to 13).

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper removes the requirement for mandatory sentences to be imposed if a court finds an offender guilty of an offence against new section 189A of the Crimes Act 1961, proposed to be inserted by the Protection for First Responders and Prison Officers Bill. The independence of the courts from Parliament is of vital constitutional importance, and the Parliament should exercise with considerable restraint any power to compel the courts to impose minimum sentences. As such, no minimum sentencing should be included in this Bill, and this Supplementary Order Paper accomplishes that.