10 August 2017

No Body No Parole

State Member for Noosa Glen Elmes said the LNP had delivered another important reform from Opposition, with No Body, No Parole laws passing through the Parliament.

“We’ve felt strongly about this policy which rebalances the scales of justice in favour of families of Queensland homicide victims, announcing our proposal last November and presenting it to Parliament in February this year.

“I am very proud to be in a parliament that has at last presented this bill in a bipartisan way to the people of Queensland.

“In passing these important reforms, I want to pay tribute to Fiona Splitt of Cooktown whose husband Bruce was murdered in 2012 and his body never found even though his killers are behind bars. This family started the original petition, and Gary and Leanne Pullen whose son Tim’s body was never found, fought long and hard to have these important changes become law.

“Both of these families have suffered tragedies and deserve the opportunity to say goodbye to their loved ones and give them the appropriate farewell they deserve.

“The no-body no-parole provision of this bill is predicated on the hope that making release on parole dependent on cooperating to identify the location of a victim’s body will provide incentive for offenders to assist in recovering the body or the remains of a victim.

“All that a victim’s loved ones want is the opportunity to find out where the deceased person spent his or her last moments and to be able to say a final goodbye as part of a dignified funeral service.

“We hope that these reforms help them, and families like them, find justice and closure,” Mr Elmes said.

“A person convicted of homicide or directly related offences cannot possibly be rehabilitated and be ready for release if they have not had the decency to reveal where the body is. I believe the denial of parole for offenders who refuse to disclose the whereabouts of their victim’s body will bring a greater sense of justice to our justice system” he said.

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