Sentencing Amendment Bill

Posted on 15. Oct, 2009 in Speeches

I rise to support this bill because I believe that violence is repugnant. For those of us who value living in a civilised society — in particular in Melbourne, which has the reputation of being the most livable city in the world — to have all these incidents of racially motivated violence is just unacceptable and should be condemned in the strongest terms possible. As decision-makers and policy-makers we need to try to understand the underlying causes, be they social dispossession, alienation, substance abuse, antisocial personality disorder or just mere opportunism associated with theft from a vulnerable victim.

Our first responsibility is to protect all members of the community through punishment and deterrence of offenders.

When violence is in some way motivated by racial and religious hatred I find such conduct truly horrific.

I had the opportunity to meet with the Indian student delegation that came to Parliament to meet some of our members of Parliament. I feel the trauma that they have been through and feel very strongly about what they are feeling and have been suffering.

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