New law stalls for two years

Fam­i­lies want jus­tice now

NewsMail - - NEWS - Jim Alouat

THE LNP has ac­cused La­bor of let­ting griev­ing fam­i­lies down be­cause it has con­tin­u­ally ig­nored calls to strengthen laws against care­less driv­ers for more than two years.

Shadow At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Ian Walker sent a let­ter to his coun­ter­part in the govern­ment, At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Yvette D’Ath, in June 2015 call­ing for her to change the laws so that there was an­other of­fence in the crim­i­nal code to cover death caused by neg­li­gent driv­ing.

This fol­lowed a rec­om­men­da­tion from the Coro­nial in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death of Mackay wo­man Au­drey Dow in 2013 when her ve­hi­cle was struck by a dis­qual­i­fied driver.

Mr Walker said when Ms


It’s and th­ese two kids and Au­drey Dow’s fam­ily in Mackay de­serve so much bet­ter.

— Stephen Ben­nett

D’Ath re­sponded eight months later, she said she was con­sid­er­ing the Coroner’s rec­om­men­da­tion.

“It’s shame­ful that more than two years af­ter a Queens­land coroner rec­om­mended changes to the state’s dan­ger­ous driv­ing laws and Palaszczuk La­bor Govern­ment has done noth­ing,” Mr Walker said.

The NewsMail was un­able to con­tact Ms D’Ath for com­ment as Mr Walker’s re­sponse came late yes­ter­day.

Burnett MP Stephen Ben­nett re­cently helped launch a pe­ti­tion on be­half of the Walker fam­ily when Daniel and Sarah Walker died in a fa­tal crash on Easter Mon­day.

The driver re­spon­si­ble for their deaths was fined $3000 and banned from driv­ing just three months af­ter be­ing con­victed in Mary­bor­ough Mag­is­trates Court.

Bund­aberg’s Tr­isha Mab­ley, whose son sur­vived the fa­tal crash, sought Mr Ben­nett’s help on be­half of the Walker fam­ily to en­sure jus­tice was served by seek­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of harsher penal­ties for neg­li­gent driv­ing caus­ing death or griev­ous bod­ily harm.

“Now we have a lo­cal fam­ily griev­ing for the loss of Sarah and Daniel and they too have had to watch the per­son whose ac­tions killed their pre­cious kids, walk from court with just a fine and no jail time,” Mr Ben­nett said.

“It’s ap­palling and th­ese two kids and Au­drey Dow’s fam­ily in Mackay de­serve so much bet­ter.

“They de­serve jus­tice.” Mr Ben­nett urged peo­ple to sign the pe­ti­tion.

The e-pe­ti­tion has at­tracted 1472 sig­na­tures and can be found at www.par­lia­


LAW CHANGE: Kerri Walker and Tr­isha Mab­ley with Mem­ber for Burnett Stephen Ben­nett.

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