Queensland’s Liberal National Party has vowed to introduce Australia’s toughest punishments for child killers if they win the next state election.
The LNP wants to introduce a new offence of child manslaughter which carries a minimum mandatory 15-year jail penalty.
They have also promised to increase the minimum non-parole period for the murder of a child under 18 from 20 to 25 years.
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Party leader Deb Frecklington said the LNP’s new laws will honour Queensland toddler Mason Jett Lee while protecting other Queensland kids from harm.
“What happened to poor little Mason was an absolute tragedy and as a mum of three girls, it breaks my heart,” Ms Frecklington said.
The 21-month-old was found dead by paramedics in a Caboolture home in 2016. It’s understood the youngster suffered horrific injuries and died from peritonitis.
The toddler’s killer was jailed for nine years with a non-parole period of six years.
“There’s been too many soft sentences for child killers and that’s why the LNP’s Mason Jett Lee Laws would bring in minimum mandatory jail terms,” Ms Frecklington said.
“We will introduce our laws in Parliament next year and if Labor votes them down, I’ll take it to the people of Queensland as an election issue at the 2020 election.”