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Offenders of children

Eligibility - Queensland citizens

Principal Petitioner:

Heather Steinberg
86/151 Mudjimba Beach Road

Total Signatures - 258

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 17/03/2014

Closing Date: 10/09/2014

Tabled Date: 11/09/2014

Responded By: Hon Jarrod Bleijie MP on 15/10/2014

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House the lenient sentencing options available to Courts when dealing with people who commit offences against children, in particular offences that are considered at the extreme end of offending behaviour, such as: murder, manslaughter, any form of sexual assault/abuse/pornography.


Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to amend legislation so that offenders who commit serious offences against children are automatically given a 'never to be released' sentence, whether it is their first offence or not.  With 'never to be released' to mean exactly that no possibility of parole and no option to apply to the Higher Courts to have the sentence reduced except on the grounds of fresh evidence they did not commit the offence.