I moved a motion in the Legislative Council to introduce restrictions for violent and sexual recidivist offenders. Parole and bail reforms are key priorities following my election on platforms that are geared to strengthen community safety. This motion now appears on the notice paper for Government consideration, to be debated on the floor or potentially converted into a Private Members Bill at a later date. The full motion is below.
I give notice that, on the next day of meeting, I will move —
That this House –
(1) reaffirms the critical importance to community safety of a robust parole system;
(2) reasserts its commitment to ensuring that Victoria’s parole system operates in such a way as to most effectively minimise the prospect of reoffending by parolees;
(3) recognises the recent success in other jurisdictions of measures that have been introduced into parole regimes that have enabled closer supervision and monitoring of parolees;
(4) acknowledges the absence of compulsory requirements in Victoria’s criminal justice system that specify that, whilst on parole, violent and sexual recidivist offenders must always reside within –
(a) a ten kilometre radius of a Victorian Police station;
(b) an area that is not known as a mobile black spot as identified in the Federal Government’s national database of reported mobile phone black spot locations; and
(5) calls on the Government to add these two compulsory requirements to the existing Victorian parole system in respect of violent and sexual recidivist offenders.