Today I will attend at Parliament House, upon invitation from the Premier, for an open government forum. The forum is being chaired by a very well respected QUT Professor, Peter Coaldrake AO (Vice Chancellor at QUT). I am appearing in my role as secretary of Caxton Communtiy Legal Centre. The forum is looking at Queensland’s current systems of accountability and integrity.
Last Tuesday, the LNP Government passed laws which, in effect, mean that all persons convicted of drug trafficking, must serve 80% of their head sentence. In reality, this will mean a period of actual custody of at least 2 years if a person is given a sentence with a parole relase date.
For my response, see Triple J’s podcast from last Wednesday, 7 July.
All trafficking is serious. However, what the AG does not realise is that this law will catch the big guys as well as the low level street dealers including young kids selling a few pills to their mates before a festival.