Episode 3: The Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT, Dr Andew Leigh, is seen as a powerful asset within the Labor Party. As the nation and indeed the world goes through an economic depression not seen for almost 100 years, Dr Leigh’s background as an economist is likely to come in very handy in the political battles just ahead.
This week Dr Leigh spoke with our deputy editor, Gary Johnston, about his views on crime and justice, and discusses the critical issues of unsustainable rising incarceration levels in Australia, with particular regard to both Indigenous and female imprisonment.
During the interview, Dr Leigh clearly recognises the fact that arbitrarily jailing people is illogical on an ideological, financial and pragmatic basis. He compares the policy of corrections in Australia with other countries, noting that whilst worldwide incarceration are falling, in this country it continues to increase, with potentially catastrophic consequences.
Dr Leigh meanwhile is an active supporter of True Crime News Weekly as he recognises the importance of independent media, especially given the reactionary and bigoted nature of the now hopefully dying News Corp media empire with its knee jerk, but essentially unsustainable approach to crime and punishment.