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Mandatory jail for Tas child sex crimes

AAP logoAAP 15/11/2016

The Tasmanian Liberal government will push ahead with its election promise of mandatory sentences for serious child sex offenders despite gaining only partial support from the state's Sentencing Advisory Council.

The council on Tuesday released a report on the proposed punishments, supporting mandatory sentencing of up to four years for only a select few offences, including rape and sex crimes committed with aggravating factors.

Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin said the government agrees in principle with the council's advice and is determined to push ahead with the changes, which will send a strong message that sex crimes against vulnerable children will not be tolerated.

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