Under Labor, crime rates in NSW have risen across almost all categories.
The public has lost confidence in sentences handed down by the courts.
The NSW Liberal/National Coalition will confront crime and restore
safety to our streets by returning police to local communities and
increasing sentences for serious criminals. After eight years, Labor has
failed to reduce crime and improve safety across NSW. Labor has downgraded
police stations and failed to address weak sentences handed down by the
courts to murderers, rapists, paedophiles and drug dealers.
After eight years Labor has failed in crime and safety in NSW:
- sexual assault is up by 62 per cent;
- robbery without a weapon is up 77 per cent;
- armed Robbery (robbery with a firearm} is up 30 per cent;
- assault is up by 73 per cent; and
- Labor remains well short of its promised target of 14,400 police
"available for duty".
Compulsory Minimum Sentences
The Liberal/National Coalition will deliver justice in NSW through
tough compulsory minimum sentences. Under Labor:
- the most common gaol sentence for murder is just 14 years, despite
the maximum being life imprisonment;
- the most common gaol sentence for aggravated sexual assault (violent
rape) is just three years, despite the maximum being 20 years; and
- the median gaol sentence for heroin dealers who supply a large
commercial quantity is 4.5 years, despite the maximum being life.
The Liberal/National Coalition will introduce compulsory minimum
sentences for serious violent offences including:
- first-degree murder, attracting a compulsory minimum sentence of 25
- second-degree murder, attracting a compulsory minimum sentence of l5
- murder of a police officer, attracting a compulsory life sentence;
- serious assault on a police officer, attracting a compulsory minimum
sentence of four years;
- gang rape, attracting a compulsory minimum sentence of l5 years;
- aggravated sexual assault (violent rape), attracting a compulsory
minimum sentence of 10 years;
- those convicted of dealing in a large commercial quantity of hard
drugs will receive a compulsory minimum sentence of 10 years; and
- crimes proven to be motivated by "hate" will attract a
compulsory 25 per cent increase in the penalty imposed.
Providing for Oversight of the Director of Public Prosecution
A Liberal/National Coalition government will establish a seven-year
fixed term for the appointment of the Director of Public Prosecutions
(DPP) and a Parliamentary Committee of Oversight for the Office of the DPP
- monitor, review and report to Parliament on the performance of the
- seek explanations of decisions that confuse or distress victims or
conflict with community values and expectations;
- have the power to recommend that the Attorney General ask the DPP to
reconsider their decisions; and
- make recommendations on annual taxpayer funding and comment on
In appropriate cases where the DPP fails to appeal against lenient
sentences, a Liberal/National Coalition Attorney General will exercise his
or her right to appeal the case.
A Liberal/National Coalition government will change the process of
plea-bargaining to ensure justice is served by:
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