LNP’s plan for tough child killer laws

The Western Star - - NEWS OPINION -

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

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