Tabling of Karen Belej Petition
Thursday 21 September, 2017
Member for Mildura Peter Crisp says Premier Daniel Andrews must introduce tougher sentencing for violent criminals after Mildura delivered overwhelming support for reforms.
Some 9000 people have signed the Justice for Karen petition to show they have had enough of the tragic consequences violence has inflicted on the community.
Karen Belej’s killer, who callously shot her in the head at their Cardross home last year, was sentenced earlier this month and could walk free in as little as five years.
Karen’s brothers Chris and Tim were in Parliament today for the tabling of the petition and to hear Mr Crisp speak on it.
They also met with Opposition Leader Matthew Guy to discuss the Liberal Nationals’ commitment to toughen sentences for violent criminals.
Mr Guy questioned Daniel Andrews in Parliament on whether he would stand up for justice for Karen.
The Justice for Karen petition, in addition to calling for tougher sentencing for violent criminals, calls on Daniel Andrews to urge the Office of Public Prosecutions to consider appealing the lenient sentence.
Mr Crisp vowed in Parliament on Thursday to continue fighting for all victims of violence in our community.
“The way the community came together despite its grief and heartbreak at this appalling, lenient sentence, is a clear indication of their want for change in our justice system,” Mr Crisp said.
“The sheer volume of people who felt so strongly about this that they went out into the community and started conversations with their friends and family about sentencing and violence shows how strongly these issues are felt.
“Now that Daniel Andrews and his Labor government have received that message, for them to continue to do nothing would be as injust as sentencing system itself.”
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