LNP moves Bill to stop Fardon going free

The LNP will introduce an urgent Private Member’s Bill into State Parliament this week to stop pedophile and rapist Robert Fardon’s unsupervised release into the community.

If the Queensland Government loses its bid to extend Fardon’s supervision order, the notorious sex offender could be on the streets unsupervised on October 3.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington is urging Annastacia Palaszczuk to back the bill and keep Queenslanders safe.

“As a woman and a mother, I’m horrified that a despicable sexual offender like Robert Fardon could be on our streets in a matter of weeks,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has no Plan B to keep Queenslanders safe – but I do.

“The LNP’s tough laws would keep monsters like Fardon under strict supervision until they die.

“The community and Fardon’s victims are demanding action. Labor must back this Bill.”

The Protecting Queenslanders from Violent and Child Sex Offenders Amendment Bill will be introduced into Parliament on Tuesday by Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki and will:

  • Grant the Attorney-General the power to determine when a supervision order ceases.
  • Provide for the indeterminate supervision of repeat sexual offenders upon their release into the community.
  • Strengthen the Dangerous Prisoners and Sexual Offenders Act 2003 to ensure that when making a decision under this Act, a person or body must give paramount consideration to the safety and protection of the community.

“Keeping the community safe should be the first priority of any government so I urge Labor and cross-bench MPs to back this Bill,” Mr Janetzki said.

“This Bill draws on a 2014 decision of the High Court which established that Parliament can legislate for indefinite detention in certain circumstances.

“This legislation would only apply to a handful of Queensland’s worst sexual offenders – individuals who pose an unacceptable risk to the community.”

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