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This petition calls for a good, hard look at Australia's legal system, as the system is out of balance. The most serious of crimes, such as murder, rape and pedophilea, carry penalites which are too light , whereas relatively minor crimes often carry harsh sentences. For example, Robinson (1992), Joyce (1994), Verney (1993), Wang (1994), Ion (1996), Jang (1999), DeGruchy (2000), and Cikos (2001) were all convicted of multiple murders, and all received an average sentence of seven years per victim. Boyle (1994), Munday (1994), Byfield (1995), Martin (2000), and Upton (2000) were all convicted of rape and all received sentences of three years or less. Brooker (1996), Williams (1999), Percival (2001), Morgan (2003) and Shannon (2006) were all convicted of engaging in intercourse with a minor, with victims' ages ranging from a few months to mid teens, and all offenders received sentences of 3 years or less per offence. Do you believe, Mr Howard, that these penalites are sufficient?

People convicted of serious crimes must be punished severely, not only for the sake of their punishment, but also as an example and deterrent to the rest of the community. There is no doubt that the frequency of these crimes would dramatically decrease if the according punishments were severely increased.

I, the author of this petition, am currently an avid supporter of you, Mr Howard, (I do not speak for the Undersigned on this point), however I strongly urge you to act on the matter of the shortcomings of our legal system.

I appreciate your time and efforts.

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