AUSTRALIA SAYS NO, VICTORIAN JUDICIARY SAYS YES – It’s probably a contempt of court to question their sentencing decisions:

A thug who dragged his ex-girlfriend from a nail salon then bashed her in public doesn’t need to spend more than two hours behind bars, a judge has ruled.

Elias Radi dragged his unsuspecting victim onto the street, slammed her against a wall, put her in a headlock, and repeatedly punched her in the face, causing her to bleed.But despite a domestic violence epidemic gripping the country, the 23-year-old successfully appealed a one month jail term and will complete 150 hours of unpaid community work as punishment instead.

But it’s OK; “Judge Cohen said his youth, and lack of any prior criminal history, were significant factors in her decision.”

Victoria is in a grip of a crime epidemic. But that’s probably entirely coincidental.