The Liberal National Party led the way in denying parole to convicted killers who refuse to assist in revealing the location of their victims.
Queensland is stagnating, the community is crying out for leadership and we have a government stuck in neutral.
While other states and territories have moved to implement strong parole reforms, Labor sat idle while victims of crime continued to suffer and weren’t afforded the closure that would be provided by these reforms. Labor were dragged kicking and screaming to get these reforms passed into law.
The Palaszczuk Labor Government is soft on crime, favouring offenders ahead of victims. There is no better demonstration of this than Annastacia Palaszczuk’s former Police Minister blaming Townsville residents for a local crime spree.
Labor’s softening of tough bail laws creates a revolving door justice system which puts offenders back on the street to reoffend again and again.
In government, the LNP introduced a number of strong law reforms and supported victims of crime through increased funding to victim advocacy organisations.
When it came to crime, we stood on the side of the victim and this was reflected in our tough on crime approach.
We introduced laws that enabled a victim to read their victim impact statement before a sentencing court if the victim so wished, and it was reasonable in the circumstances.
We gave an additional $2 million to organisations that support victims of crime and an additional $750,000 over three years to the Women’s Legal Service.
Delivering from Opposition
The Tim Nicholls-led LNP team led the way in ensuring No Body, No Parole laws were implemented in Queensland. From the time we announced our policy in November 2016, we were determined to ensure these laws were passed through the Parliament as quickly as possible.
Our laws apply to offenders serving a prison sentence for murder, manslaughter and a number of associated offences relating to an unlawful death where the body has never been located. To grant parole, the Parole Board must be satisfied that the offender has co-operated satisfactorily in the investigation of the offence to identify the location, or last known location, of the remains of the victim.
The laws apply to criminals who have not yet been released from jail on parole, not those already on parole or out of jail.
These reforms put Queensland in line with South Australia, Northern Territory and Victoria, while Western Australia and New South Wales are actively considering No Body, No Parole laws.
Queenslanders will be safer under an LNP Government focused on improving community safety for everyone by reducing crime and supporting victims of crime.
We’ll be a common sense government that listens, plans and acts to build a better Queensland.