Legislative Council: Wednesday, September 13, 2023



The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:26): Supplementary: does the Attorney believe that the sentencing delivered in this case acts as a sufficient deterrent for future perpetrators?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (14:26): I thank the honourable member for her question. As I said before, I don't know all the circumstances that were before the court in relation to this case. But it is true that one element of sentencing and of the sentences that we as a parliament decide are appropriate for a particular crime is as a deterrent effect, to deter those from doing it in the future. As I said, I'm not privy to all the circumstances that led to the sentence in this case.