29 November 2016
• The LNP announces its No Body, No Parole policy to ensure the scales of justice are balanced in favour of victims not offenders
• If elected an LNP government will ensure convicted killers who fail to identify the location of their victims will not receive parole
• Annastacia Palaszczuk’s inaction on this important policy means she favours criminals ahead of victims and their loved ones
Convicted killers in Glass House who fail to tell authorities where they have dumped their victim’s body will be refused parole under a tough new LNP policy aimed at empowering victims not offenders.
Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, said for far too long the scales of justice in Queensland have put the rights of criminals ahead of the expectations of the Glass House community and victims’ families and loved ones.
“A future LNP Government will implement No Body, No Parole laws in Queensland,” Mr Powell said.
“We will do this in consultation with victims groups, the parole board and key organisations involved in the justice system in the Glass House region. This is all about criminals showing genuine remorse and helping to give families, friends and loved ones closure,” Mr Powell added.
Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said the LNP’s policy would put Queensland in line with South Australia, while New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia were considering implementing similar laws.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is soft on crime and favours criminals ahead of victims,” Mr Nicholls said.
Mr Powell said that while other states and territories have moved to implement strong parole reforms, Queensland Labor have sat idle with their heads in the sand, not wanting to upset the inner-city, bleeding heart brigade.
“Our laws will apply to offenders serving a jail sentence for murder or conspiracy to murder.
“To grant parole, the parole board must be satisfied the offender has co-operated to identify the location, or last known location, of the remains of the victim.
Mr Powell said this policy will apply to criminals who have not yet been released from jail on parole.
[ENDS] 29 November 2016