Soft-on-crime Labor drags feet on Parole Board recommendations

24 May 2017 2:50 PMJann Stuckey

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP highlighted Labor’s continued soft stance on law and order during debate of the Corrective Services (Parole Board) Amendment Bill in parliament earlier this month.


The bill, introduced in February 2017, was the result of a review into Queensland’s outdated and overburdened parole system undertaken by Mr Walter Sofronoff QC last year.


Describing the current parole system as antiquated and emaciated with grave defects, Mr Sofronoff subsequently made 91 recommendations to the state government.


“Despite 91 recommendations being made after this extensive investigation into our underperforming parole system, Labor chose to implement only 26 of them into the bill that was introduced and debated,” Ms Stuckey said.


“What we have here is a state labor government that starts reviews left, right and centre – over 150 of them - but when the reports come in they’re picking and choosing the recommendations that support their own, and the union’s, agenda.


“This behaviour exposes Palaszczuk’s government for what they are – a lazy, do-nothing government lacking policy or direction.


The 26 recommendations proposed for implementation within the bill include the establishment of a new Parole Board system and the introduction of GPS monitoring of parolees.


Some important recommendations left out of the bill include the No Body, No Parole policy and much needed rehabilitation and drugs misuse programs.


“The LNP have staunchly supported the introduction of a No Body, No Parole law, which would require a parole board be satisfied that an offender has co-operated in identifying the location of a victim’s remains, to ensure the rights of victims and their families are considered paramount to the rights of criminals.


“Mr Sofronoff supported the introduction of such a law in his report, but Premier Palaszczuk ignored this recommendation by leaving it out of the Parole Board Bill completely.


“Labor voted down the LNP’s amendments, revealing they are more interested in political games than supporting grieving families.


“But here we are 2 weeks later and lo and behold, Labor have decided to play catch up and bring in a new bill – No Body, No Parole.”