Is NSW Attorney-General John Hatzistergos badly advised or just plain opportunist? His plan to reduce the sentencing discount that offenders in criminal matters get from the courts for pleading guilty will let corrupt and incompetent police and prosecutors off the hook.

Mr Hatzistergos has announced today that he is going to reduce the discount offenders get for an early guilty plea from 35 percent off their sentence to 25 percent. And to get this maximum discount the offender must plead before the committal hearing – the first step in the criminal process.