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No body no parole rule

Eligibility - Queensland citizens

Principal Petitioner:

Fiona Splitt
PO Box 966
COOKTOWN QLD 4895

Total Signatures - 2516

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 16/02/2016

Tabled Date: 16/02/2016

Responded By: Hon Yvette D'Ath MP on 17/03/2015

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

The petition of the citizens of Queensland draws to the attention of the House that under the current law persons convicted of murder may receive parole even though they refuse to disclose the whereabouts of the victim's body. This prevents the family of the victim from gaining any closure. There is a need to amend the Corrective Services Act 2006 to provide that persons convicted of murder and other offences cannot obtain parole without disclosing the location of the victim's body. By making parole contingent upon the location of the body, it is hoped that this may give some closure to the victim's family and provide incentive for prisoners to co-operate with police and other authorities.

 

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to amend Corrective Services Act 2006 to provide that an application for parole may not be processed where a prisoner has been sentenced for murder and no remains of the victim have been found. Under the rule, murderers who refuse to assist police with information regarding the remains of their victim will be denied parole.