A Tim Nicholls-led Liberal National Government will deny parole to convicted killers if they refuse to assist in revealing the location of their victims.
Queensland is stagnating, the community is crying out for leadership and we have a government stuck in neutral.
While other states and territories have moved to implement strong parole reforms, Labor have sat idle while victims of crime continue to miss out on the opportunity for closure that would be provided by these reforms.
The Palaszczuk Labor Government is soft on crime, favouring offenders ahead of victims. There is no better demonstration of this than Annastacia Palaszczuk’s former Police Minister blaming Townsville residents for a recent crime spree.
Labor’s softening of tough bail laws creates a revolving door justice system which puts offenders back on the street to reoffend again and again.
In government, the LNP introduced a number of strong law reforms and supported victims of crime through increased funding to victim advocacy organisations. When it came to crime, we stood on the side of the victim and this was reflected in our tough on crime approach.
We introduced laws that enabled a victim to read their victim impact statement before a sentencing court if the victim so wished, and it was reasonable in the circumstances.
We gave an additional $2 million to organisations that support victims of crime and an additional $750,000 over three years to the Women’s Legal Service.
Our Real Plan
A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will implement No Body, No Parole laws in Queensland. We will do this in consultation with victims groups, the Parole Board and key organisations involved in the Queensland justice system.
Our laws will apply to offenders serving a prison sentence for murder or conspiracy to commit murder (where the murder has been committed). To grant parole, the Parole Board must be satisfied that the offender has co-operated satisfactorily in the investigation of the offence to identify the location, or last known location, of the remains of the victim.
The policy will apply to criminals who have not yet been released from jail on parole, not those already on parole or out of jail. This will put Queensland in line with South Australia while Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales are actively considering No Body, No Parole laws.
Queenslanders will be safer under an LNP Government focused on improving community safety for everyone by reducing crime and supporting victims of crime.
We’ll be a common sense government that listens, plans and acts to build a better Queensland.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is this an important reform?
This will provide offenders with an opportunity to show remorse for their crime by rebalancing the scales of justice back in favour of victims trying to find closure in the tragic circumstances of losing a loved one.
What is the punishment for someone convicted of murder in Queensland?
The punishment for murder in Queensland is life in prison. That means if a person is convicted of murder they are sentenced to natural life in prison, which has been the case since 1899.
How does parole apply to someone convicted of murder in Queensland?
A person convicted of murder can be eligible for parole but only after serving a minimum of 20 years in prison. The former LNP Government increased this from 15 years to 20 years. This is called the minimum non-parole period.
Offenders are not guaranteed parole and will still need to satisfy the Parole Board that they are not a danger to the community. They are ineligible for parole for at least 20 years.
Does this change mean that a person convicted of murder who doesn’t cooperate with police could be in jail for the rest of their life?
Yes – but that is the case now anyway. A person convicted of murder under the current system could spend the rest of their natural life in prison.
What if a person who was convicted of a crime doesn’t know where the body is or the body has moved, for example, washed down stream?
The Parole Board only has to be satisfied that the offender is trying to reasonably co-operate. If the offender does try to co-operate and the body is still not found, they can still be eligible for parole.
What if a person was wrongly accused and didn’t commit the crime and therefore doesn’t know where the body is?
That offender has already been convicted and is in prison. As long as they reasonably try to co-operate with the police and the Parole Board are satisfied, then they will still be eligible for parole.