Australian Conservatives Victorian Upper House MP Rachel Carling-Jenkins said, “The rate of suppression orders being dished out proves we are far from meeting community expectations on sentencing.”
Melbourne radio station 3AW reports, “Victorian courts are the “laughing stock” of the nation in legal circles, with hundreds more suppression orders slapped down than in other states, according to one of Melbourne’s top media lawyers.”
Justin Quill, principal lawyer at Macpherson Kelley, told the radio station the inflation in numbers began with Melbourne’s gangland wars, “I’ve got a theory, that when we went through the so called-gangland war, when so many cases were intertwined, and you needed suppression orders, there were a number which were appropriate.”
“Barristers got in the habit of asking their clients about them. I don’t think there’s been a client in the history of the universe who was asked, to be in the papers, or not be in the papers,” Quill said.
Dr Carling-Jenkins said, "On November 24th, Australian Conservatives Victoria will create #ABetterWay4LawandOrder by bringing transparency back to our courts and sentencing in line with community expectations."