Victoria’s new Premier Ted Baillieu is hitting the ground running, and one of the first pieces of legislation he wants to introduce is the abolition of suspended sentences and to introduce what he terms baseline minimum sentences.

The consequences of this action will not be what Baillieu blithely predicts them to be -- lower crime rates.  Instead the courts will be clogged with more trials, judges and magistrates will find ways to prevent cruelty, and if prison numbers in Victoria increase, so will crime rates.