“We are seeing an absolute inadequacy of sentencing not only here in South Australia, but also nationally” – Sonya Ryan, Carly Ryan Foundation
All too often in the legal system, we hear of offenders pleading guilty in exchange for a lesser sentence. This can often mean up to a 40% discount on an offender’s sentence, which we’ve seen recently in a very prominent sexual assault case here in South Australia, involving the assault of a minor by a 33 year old man. With time served, this man could be out of prison in as little as two years thanks to his sentencing discount. With the Labor State Opposition still hoping to have this discount reduced, despite the bill not passing the Parliament, it’s certainly an issue worth exploring. Should our sentencing discount regime be changed? State Opposition leader Peter Malinauskas dropped by the studio to have a chat about the issue, and Labor’s proposal. Sonya Ryan, the head of the Carly Ryan Foundation, also gave us her thoughts on this important topic.
Also this week, the Federal Government has responded to the Coronavirus crisis with a range of financial measures, including allowing people to access their Superannuation early. But is this a wise move and could it leave people strapped when they retire? We spoke to Lachlan Kennett, the Director of Private Wealth at BDO, to find out more. Meanwhile, we give you the latest on COVID-19 for the week and cap it all off with some Heaps Good News. Listen in!
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Airdate: August 24, 2020
Reporters: Arjuna Ganesan, Andrew Showell & Amila Dedovic