Mandatory sentencing isn’t tough on crime, it’s stupid.

Today Victorian Upper House will debate the Justice Legislation Miscellaneous Amendment Bill 2018 which introduces a mandatory sentencing regime.   Fiona Patten MP, Leader of the Reason Party and member for the Northern Metropolitan Region, is deeply concerned by the proposed changes. Ms Patten said “Our frontline workers place themselves in harm’s way to save

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Pollie’s risque joke too blue for Snapchat – SBS

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Fiona Patten is the founder and leader of REASON, and a Member of the Victorian Legislative Council for the Northern Metropolitan region.

She came to politics after 20 years of lobbying for the rights of organisations involved in the sexual rights movement – including small businesses, sex workers, HIV/AIDS organisations, adult media and online anti-censorship groups.