New Western Victoria Upper House MP Stuart Grimley admits he’s on “a massive learning curve”.
The Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party MP said he was “not a politician” but brought his real life experiences to the parliament in the hope of making some changes.
Mr Grimley, a former Victorian police detective and Western Australian school principal, said he decided to stand for state parliament “because desperate times call for desperate measures”.
In his recent work as a police detective, he had spent too much time comforting victims of crime who had been left wondering why they had put themselves through the ordeal of the judicial system, he said.
“I have always said we have a legal system, not a justice system,” Mr Grimley said.
He said he wanted tougher sentences for serious offenders and a better victim of crime support system, especially when victims went through the court system.
The judicial system was forcing too many victims of crime to relive the trauma of the offending, Mr Grimley said.
The bail system also needed to be reviewed and changed, he said.
Reforms already done to the bail system had made some good changes but “more needs to be done”.
“It’s still too easy for people to get out on bail and commit further offences and then get rebailed,” Mr Grimley said.
“That’s no slight on the magistrates and the police.
“They are all doing the best job they can but they are tied by what is in the legislation,” he said.
Another issue Mr Grimley hopes to pursue is the public registration of serious sex offenders.
He said the public registration should not include minor sex offenders such as a 19-year-old “sexting” to an underage girl but “adults committing serious sex crimes against children”.
The public registration would allow parents to protect their children and tell them not to play near the home of a serious sex offender.
Another goal is to reduce the number of suppression orders on court cases. There were far too many suppression orders on court cases and the court system needed to be more transparent, Mr Grimley said.
“The community has a right to know,” he said.