March 14 2018

Labor’s no body, no parole really no commitment and no law

An admission by the McGowan Government that its much touted No Body, No Parole law is not ready to be proclaimed has exposed the grand standing of its Attorney General, John Quigley.

Shadow Attorney General Michael Mischin said Mr Quigley had used all sorts of colourful language in and outside Parliament to seek to have his legislation rushed through Parliament, only to have his more senior colleague, the Government Leader in the Legislative Council concede it was not ready to be proclaimed.

"After significant interrogation in the Upper House, it is clear the Bill proposed by the Attorney General is deficient," Mr Mischin said.

"The Government’s most senior member in the Legislative Council has admitted the Legislation is not ready for proclamation; that is, they are not ready for it to be made law.

"This is after all the grand standing by the Attorney General, and the Premier, saying the legislation was a priority and suggesting the Parliament was duty bound to rush it through.

"The Attorney General went to the extent of accusing the Liberal Party of being in the corner of murderer, Cameron Mansell, simply because we wanted the legislation to be reviewed and to ensure it was watertight and would achieve the objectives the Government said it would.

"It turns out, his allegations were populist rhetoric, and the only person in the way of getting his legislation through the Parliament is the Attorney General, and that is because he brought in flawed legislation.

"In trying to rush his flawed bill through, he engaged in offensive rhetoric, sinking to new lows with his allegations against the opposition about siding with the worst criminals. That is puerile nonsense and the Premier let him get away with it. Both of them should be apologising."

Mr Mischin said one year after the Government said its No Body, No Parole legislation was a priority, it had not progressed it through the Parliament despite the opportunity being there.

"The Government could have brought this legislation on last year, but they didn’t," Mr Mischin said.

"If it was so urgent, they could have had the Legislative Council sit sooner than March. But as it turns out, the Government is not ready to proclaim one of its most urgent pieces of legislation.

"It is time the Attorney General stopped his grand standing and populist stunts and started putting in the hard yards and delivering serious, sensible and workable legislation."

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