Community Based Sentences (Transfer) Bill 2012
Written on the 11 November 2012
I am pleased to be able to rise to speak on the Community Based Sentences (Transfer) Bill 2012, and I am pleased that members opposite support the bill. It is not a very complicated bill; however, it is still important.
As various members also highlighted, a number of criteria must be met in order for the transfer to be applied in participating jurisdictions.
The offender must consent to the transfer; there must be a corresponding order in the other jurisdiction; the offender must be able to comply with the order in that jurisdiction; and additionally the sentence must be safely, efficiently and effectively administered in the other jurisdiction.
A number of community-based programs are currently being undertaken. In my own electorate of Southern Metropolitan Region there have been some very good examples of community work undertaken by corrections work crews. My electorate takes in the beautiful Port Phillip Bay, and a series of very effective clean-up programs have been conducted in that area. The member for Sandringham in the other place also cited that corrections work crews have undertaken the clean-up of an old courthouse in the Sandringham district. That is another effective program where community work can be undertaken and where offenders can undertake their obligations and act on them in relation to their offence.