LNP’s plan for tough child killer laws
THE LNP has vowed to introduce Australia’s toughest punishment for child killers should it win the next state election.
The LNP is determined to bring penalties into line with community expectations after the killer of toddler Mason Jett Lee was jailed for nine years – with a non-parole period of just six years.
A future LNP government will introduce a new offence of child manslaughter that will ensure similar crimes are punished with a mandatory 15-year jail penalty.
The LNP will also increase the minimum non-parole period for the murder of a child under 18 from 20 to 25 years.
The current laws for child killers are too weak in Queensland and Deb Frecklington and I are determined to strengthen them.
The average sentence for child manslaughter in Queensland was just 6.8 years, compared to 8.5 years for adult manslaughter. Consequently the law as it stands has failed to deliver justice for Mason.
Children cannot fight back, which is why it’s up to us to protect them. — Ann Leahy MP