Tim Blair


New Criterion



Sunday, February 23, 2003
YOU CAN ONLY FIX ONE IF YOU FIX THEM ALL, according to the Northern Territory Government.

The Independent Member for Braitling Loraine Braham wants to block traditional marriage being used as a mitigating factor in sentencing decisions involving men having sex with minors.

Loraine Braham's move responds to the recent case involving Jackie Pascoe Jamilmira and the under-age girl he bought on time-payment from her parents. Then raped.

Can't do that, says NT Justice Minister, Peter Toyne.

"Really its quite inappropriate to be picking one issue out and dealing with it in that sort of piecemeal fashion," he said.

"We really need to have a good overview of all of the issues and that inquiry will be coming back to us in July."

Peter, that is pathetic.