SOFT SERVE 11 LNP bid to track re­leased rapists

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SOFT SERVE - STEVEN WARDILL

gives up theirs,” Mr Stut­tle said.

It is un­der­stood Pre­vite is el­i­gi­ble for pa­role now, Rae is el­i­gi­ble in Au­gust and Vulic is el­i­gi­ble next Jan­uary.

In NSW, cor­rupt po­lice­man and con­victed killer, Roger Roger­son, now aged 77, was in 2016 jailed for the rest of his life fol­low­ing his ex- ecu­tion of drug-dealer Jamie mie Gao in 2014.

For­mer Queens­land de­tec­tive turned crim­i­nol­o­gist Terry Goldswor­thy said Queens­land’s jus­tice sys­tem was finely bal­anced.

“No sys­tem is per­fect. We know in Queens­land that 40 per cent of peo­ple re­of­fend within two years,” he said.

“As we know th the sen­tence doesn’t al­ways match the cir­cum­stances of the of­fence, but we have to leave some dis­cre­tion for the judges.”

A spokesman from At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Yvette D’Ath’s of­fice said

“In NSW, while ev­ery­one con­victed of mur­der is li­able to be sen­tenced to life in pris- on, their courts can im­pose lesser max­i­mum sen­tences should they wish,” the spokesman said.

“This isn’t Queens­land.

“Of­fend­ers have to serve their full sen­tence, and then need to ap­ply for pa­role, which can be re­fused by the in­de­pen­dent pa­role board.” pos­si­ble in SEX preda­tors re­leased by the courts will be sub­ject to strict mon­i­tor­ing con­di­tions for life un­der new laws that the Op­po­si­tion will at­tempt to push through State Par­lia­ment this week.

Bans on liv­ing near schools and parks, 24-hour GPS track­ing and reg­u­lar re­port­ing to Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices would be en­forced on sex fiends by the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral un­der the pro­posed re­forms.

The Op­po­si­tion will de­mand the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment back the laws be­ing fast­tracked so they would ap­ply to Queens­land’s most no­to­ri­ous child rapist, Robert Far­don.

This week’s par­lia­men­tary sit­ting is the dead­line for leg­isla­tive ac­tion to pre­vent Far­don be­ing re­leased un­su­per­vised into the com­mu­nity if the state’s ap­peal fails.

Far­don, who has a five-decade his­tory of sex­ual vi­o­lence, has been liv­ing on prison grounds un­der strict con­di­tions since 2014, af­ter try­ing to ac­cess a school when he was last re­leased.

The Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion last month to re­lease Far­don from su­per­vi­sion or­ders caught the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment off guard, af­ter a 15-year fight to keep him be­hind bars.

“An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk has failed to act and there is real dan­ger Far­don will be re­leased into the com­mu­nity within weeks,” Op­po­si­tion Leader Deb Freck­ling­ton said.

“This man’s crimes are un­speak­able. He is a re­peated sex of­fender in­clud­ing rap­ing a 12year-old at gun point.

“The LNP’s tough laws would see pe­dophile rapists like Far­don un­der strict su­per­vi­sion un­til they die.”

The leg­is­la­tion is likely to out­rage the le­gal fra­ter­nity and civil lib­er­tar­i­ans over con­cerns it in­trudes on the in­de­pen­dence of the ju­di­ciary and im­poses state-sanc­tioned re­stric­tions on free cit­i­zens.

The pro­vi­sion re­lies on a High Court de­ci­sion up­hold­ing 1945 Queens­land laws that al­low of­fend­ers to be de­tained in­def­i­nitely “at Her Majesty’s plea­sure” on the ad­vice of the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral.

It is un­der­stood the Gov­ern­ment has been fran­ti­cally work­ing on an al­ter­na­tive to main­tain on­go­ing su­per­vi­sion of Far­don, who some ex­perts have as­sessed as be­ing an in­cur­able psy­chopath.

Op­po­si­tion jus­tice spokesman David Janet­zki said that as the fa­ther of a 12-year-old daugh­ter he did not want Far­don re­leased.

“La­bor should sup­port the LNP’s laws and put com­mu­nity safety be­fore pe­dophiles,” he said.

“We know there will be se­ri­ous dis­cus­sions about the va­lid­ity of th­ese laws but do­ing noth­ing is not an op­tion.”

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