Statement from Shadow Corrective Services Minister Tim Mander - Better Queensland

Statement from Shadow Corrective Services Minister Tim Mander

The LNP announced a No Body, No Parole policy six months ago (November 2016); and Labor has been playing catch-up politics ever since.

Instead of supporting LNP amendments and getting these reforms implemented sooner for victims and their families, Labor has played silly political games.

We brought forward amendments to the Government’s existing Bill because we are genuine about this proposal and see the real benefits for victims and their families.

Stakeholders also were disappointed that the Government didn't include the reforms in their first bill following the Sofronoff review.

It's disappointing that helping victims and their families grieve the loss of a loved one seems to play second fiddle for Labor's petty political games.

Timeline:

  • 27 November 2016, LNP announces No Body No Parole policy
  • 16 February 2017, Government releases Sofronoff Parole Review which includes a recommendation in relation to no body no parole laws
  • 16 February 2017, Government introduces legislation based on recommendations from Sofronoff Parole Review but without including no body, no parole laws, thereby ignoring Sofronoff’s recommendation
  • 9 May 2017, LNP raises amendments in second reading debate on Government legislation, with a view to introducing no body, no parole amendments based on South Australian legislation
  • 12 May 2017, Labor condemns LNP amendments and makes a number of false claims
  • 23 May 2017, Labor introduces Bill dealing with this issue, to prevent LNP moving amendments to government bill regarding new parole board

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