Northern Territory

Jul 14, 2017

The NT’s mandatory sentencing laws are the harshest and most ineffective in Australia

Even the Territory's judges have vented their frustrations at mandatory sentencing laws, writes Russell Goldflam, president of the Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory (CLANT).

The first article I submitted to the Northern Territory’s Law Society journal Balance was in 1999. In that article I called for the reform of the Northern Territory’s mandatory murder sentencing laws, which were then and are still the harshest and most unfair in the nation.

I revisited this issue briefly in my column in the first edition of Balance for 2016. There having since been a change in government, but not the law, it is worth raising the issue once again, as I did in my submissions on the occasion of the ceremonial opening of the Supreme Court in Alice Springs on May 5, 2017.

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  1. Rais

    The Northern Territory as a polity is a failure. It should be broken up and two or three Indigenous majority territories created on the pattern of Nunavut with non-Indigenous majority areas such as Greater Darwin and Alice Springs excised and either created as separate territories or joined to States such as WA, Qld and SA. This would not on its own solve the region’s problems but it would give the people of the new Territories at least a chance.

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