Aug 29, 2014

Geoff Shaw and the curious case of suspended sentences

Will Geoff Shaw be able to resume his seat, and will his apology to Parliament pass muster? Tony Lupton, former Labor member of Victorian Parliament, explains.

Next week in Victoria suspended sentences come to an end — in more ways than one. By a strange quirk of timing, removal of this sentencing option and independent Frankston MP Geoff Shaw’s suspension from Victorian Parliament will come to a simultaneous finale.

The Napthine government doesn’t like suspended sentences, whereby a jail term is found warranted but suspended unless the offender misbehaves during a set period.

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One thought on “Geoff Shaw and the curious case of suspended sentences

  1. Luke Hellboy

    One rule for citizens and another more lenient one for politicians… if only this hypocrisy wasn’t the status quo.

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