The state government has announced on the same day that it will achieve the lowest crime rate in the country by 2022 and keep people in prison longer.
Police Minister Rene Hidding announced the policy target on Thursday, acknowledging that the state had the lowest victimisation rate in Australia for eight of 11 serious crime categories.
It does not for murder, burglary, or car theft, however.
“This is not a noble ambition – this is a target and something we are confident we can do with strong crime and safety policies,” he said.
“We believe strong deterrents will play a part in making Tasmania the safest state in the nation.”
Corrections Minister Guy Barnett announced the government’s intention to remove remissions on sentences, which grant prisoners with a three-month early release for good behaviour, for prisoners sentenced after July 1, 2018.
“Tasmania is more than 20 years behind other states in recognising the importance of truth in sentencing,” he told Parliament.
“That means letting an offender out three months early is not appropriate.
“The Department of Justice will develop alternative models for incentivising good behaviour in prison; models which will not involve prisoners being let out to walk the streets.”
Labor corrections spokeswoman Lara Giddings agreed that the remissions system needed an overhaul.
“Remissions have been automatically granted to all prisoners when they should only be granted on the basis of actual good behavior,” she said.
“However, simply scrapping remissions without clear alternatives does nothing to encourage rehabilitation of offenders.”
A review of the state’s unexplained wealth legislation was released on Thursday.
Report author Damian Bugg found in the three years since the legislation had been introduced, $1.4 million had been forfeited and $633,350 had been recovered through convictions.
But he recommended that execution of search warrants on clubs and associations should be brought into line with other states.