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Attorney General Martin Pakula in studio with Neil Mitchell


Serious violent and sexual offenders will find it harder to get bail and the role of bail justices will be reduced, under a crackdown to the system following the Bourke Street attack.

Former Supreme Court Justice Paul Coghlan has made 37 recommendations to improve the bail system.

Under the changes announced by the government today, there will be a presumption against bail for new offences including aggravated carjacking and aggravated home invasion.

See Attorney General Martin Pakula in studio with Neil Mitchell below

Police will be given more powers to remand accused people overnight and Bail Justices will no longer consider serious offences.

For those who commit a serious offence while on bail, summons or parole.

Bail will also be refused unless they can prove exceptional circumstances.

Attorney General Martin Pakula says the changes will make Victoria the hardest state to get bail.

Legislation will be put to parliament by the end of the month.

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Written by Lauren Hilbert