The Victorian Liberal Party can be forgiven for wanting to get started with its state election campaigning early. It is a long way behind. But with polling day still a year away rolling out the ever familiar Laura this morning was surely a bit premature.
Law and order is always a favourite policy subject for oppositions with the biggest problem these days being to come up with an original one. It is hard to think of something draconian that has not already been done short of bringing back capital punishment and/or the stocks so full marks to the Liberals who have devised the idea of letting juries nominate the punishment for the criminals they convict rather than letting those bleeding heart judges have a say.
Rank-and-file Liberals, the Melbourne Age informed us this morning, will urge the party’s state council meeting at the weekend to endorse the scheme, which, in the words of the Glen Huntly branch, “would ensure that the courts respect community views on crime and punishment”. A truly excellent proposal that suffers only from being announced so early that a Labor Government has ample time to steal it and make it law before Victorian votes are next cast on 27 November 2010.