The Andrews Labor Government will today introduce new legislation to ensure that any person who murders a police officer is not released on parole.
The changes to the Corrections Act 1986 will ensure those people who kill police officers, either on duty or in connection with their role, serve their full sentence in prison.
As Victorians we stand shoulder to shoulder with the brave women and men of the Victoria Police force. They put their lives at risk, day in and day out, to protect us all.
The legislative changes will apply to Craig Minogue, one of three men who carried out the Russell Street Bombing.
This act of terror killed Constable Angela Taylor and changed the face of Melbourne forever.
This legislation is not a limited “one man” approach, it is comprehensive, covering all people convicted of murdering a police officer and sentenced to a non-parole period.
It also sends the strongest possible message to the members of Victoria Police who keep our state safe – we respect you and we honour you.
We urge all members of Parliament to support its speedy passage.
Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“Parole is not a right, it’s a privilege, and it should not be granted to people who murder police officers.”
“The men and women of the Victorian Police Force risk their lives every day to keep our community safe – this is something we can do to honour them and the memory of their fellow officers who have fallen in the line of duty.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney
“Anyone who kills a police officer – the brave men and women who risk their lives to protect us – doesn’t deserve parole.”
“We expect this law will receive the full support of the Parliament and we urge all members to help pass this legislation before the end of the year.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville
“Our police do incredible work to keep us safe, and that’s why we’re taking a hardline approach to anyone who takes the life of an officer.”