Qld moves to toughen offender monitoring

By admin • 苏州夜网 • 18 Apr 2019

Queensland’s Liberal National Party opposition will support the Labor government’s laws allowing serious child sex offenders to be monitored for life, despite slamming them as not good enough.
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The government introduced the changes on Tuesday as an add-on to a bill amending police powers, with Queensland Attorney-general Yvette D’Ath indicating they would be passed on Tuesday evening.

“We recognise the importance of having this completed in a timely way,” Ms D’Ath said.

Under the changes, a serious child sex offender on a Dangerous Prisoner (Sex Offender) Order will automatically move to the new monitoring measures when that order expires.

The measures include regular reporting to police, registering their home address and providing passwords to their social media accounts.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said the LNP tried a number of times on Tuesday to introduce their own version of the legislation, but were blocked by the government.

She said despite that frustration, the LNP would vote in favour of Labor’s changes.

“We need to be doing something, and whilst Labor’s laws go a slight step in the right direction they simply don’t go far enough,” Ms Frecklington said.

The LNP wants all serious sexual offenders, not just child sex offenders, to to be monitored for the rest of their lives, and for GPS trackers on ex-DPSO offenders to be mandatory, not optional.

The changes follow community concern about the notorious sex offender Robert John Fardon, whose supervision order ends next month.

A Court of Appeal hearing in Fardon’s case has been set down for September 26, exactly one week before his supervision order is due to be lifted.

The LNP used Question Time to criticise the government for rushing the law changes through, claiming it was connected to the Fardon case.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that commentary was “irresponsible and reckless”.

“There is a current appeal before the court, I have legal advice that anything that is stated around this matter could jeopardise that appeal,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

But Ms Frecklington denied they were being reckless in mentioning the Fardon case.

“Look I’m a lawyer and I know exactly what I’ve said and done,” she said.

Just under 300 people are understood to currently be under DPSO orders, with 150 living in the community, while around 35 of the orders are due to expire in the next five years.

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