Australia’s federal government will propose tough new laws to extend jail sentences for pedophiles, including life for the worst offenders.
Other proposed changes include making it harder to get bail or parole, ensuring the minimum sentence is a quarter of the maximum term, and adding sentences for multiple offences together instead of allowing them to be served concurrently.
The new laws, to be introduced to parliament next week, mainly target online and international sex crimes.
The government claims one in three offenders are not being jailed and when they are the average sentence is just 18 months.
The Coalition tried and failed to get the mandatory sentences pushed through parliament two years ago.
A new-look government and an easier path forward in the Senate since the election could see the new laws come to fruition in the near future.
© AAP 2019