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Liberals trying to mislead Tasmanians over remissions

  • Labor supports reforming remissions
  • Automatic remissions should not be offered    
  • Government yet to make the case for total abolition            

The Liberals are being deliberately misleading about Labor’s position on remissions.

Shadow Attorney-General Lara Giddings said Labor supports the abolition of the automatic early release of prisoners.

“Remissions should not be automatically applied, they should be earned,” Ms Giddings said.

“Remissions should only be offered for actual good behaviour and not just because someone has been put in solitary confinement and has had no interaction with other inmates.

“Labor has serious concerns around the practice of automatic remissions and supports reform. We are also happy to consider other incentives to encourage good behaviour as suggested by the government.

“We’ll consider the draft legislation closely but the Government needs to make the case from the complete abolition of remissions which would put increased strain on the pressure cooker situation in our prisons.

“We need to be smart when it comes to reforming the justice system, not just play the politics like the Liberals are.

“We would urge the Government to treat this issue with the seriousness and sensitivity it deserves.  This is too important for slogans and political point scoring.”