The Palaszczuk Government has passed new legislation which brings in tough new bail and parole laws for convicted terrorists in Queensland.
It comes two weeks on from the Christchurch terror attacks, which saw 50 people killed at the hands of an Australian terrorist.
The Queensland Parliament passed new laws so that those convicted of terrorism or those with links to terror activities will not be eligible for bail or parole.
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The new laws reverse the statutory presumption for bail for those who are either convicted of a terrorism offence or are currently or have been subject to a control order under the Commonwealth Criminal Code, no matter what they have been charged with.
A presumption against parole will also apply to prisoners who have previously been convicted of a terrorism offence, who are the subject of a control order, or who have promoted terrorism.
These prisoners will only be eligible for parole if the Parole Board Queensland is satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances.
Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath says the Palaszczuk Government hopes to send a strong message that terrorism has no place in Queensland.
“The legislation passed today establishes a presumption that those involved in terrorism, those supporting terrorism, or those with links to terror activity will not be eligible for bail or parole.
“Queenslanders have a right to live in safety and free from violence.
“We make no apology for taking a strong stand on terror.
“On behalf of all Queenslanders, the Palaszczuk Government offers condolences to the families devastated by the terror attack in Christchurch.
“We stand united with New Zealand because terror has no place in our communities,” Ms D’Ath said.
Ms D’Ath said the new legislation will be delivered on a commitment by the Council of Australian Governments.
“This commitment ensures the presumption against bail and parole for offenders motivated by terrorism is a nationally consistent law.
“As I have said previously, the most effective defence against terrorism is preventing radicalisation and the progression to violent extremism,” Ms D’Ath said.