Let’s Get Fine Defaulters Out Of Our Jails

Appeared in the Canberra Times 28th of July 2016

Reporting of Andrew Leigh’s reappointment as shadow assistant treasurer has been dominated by the strange decision of the Labor Party to reduce his salary by $40,000. This is particularly a shame because Leigh is the author of a policy where Labor and a free market think tank like the Institute of Public Affairs can rightly see eye to eye.

During the election campaign, Leigh announced a Labor government would allow fines for administrative and criminal violations to be paid off via an income-contingent fine recovery process. This makes great economic and moral sense. It should be welcomed by both sides of politics. Continue reading