‘The system is failing our kids’: LNP introduces Bill pushing for mandatory 15 year jail terms for child killers

The LNP has introduced a Bill to Parliament, pushing for convicted child killers in Queensland to be given mandatory minimum 15 year jail sentences, with 25 years non-parole in extreme cases.

The bill – drafted following the death of Caboolture toddler Mason Jet Lee – would deliver the toughest sentences in Australia for those who kill children through violence or neglect.

Mason Jett Lee died in agony over several days after being savagely beaten by his step-father.


LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said only mandatory minimum sentences would prevent killers from seeking plea bargains and reduced prison time.

“Labor’s legislation will just tinker at the edges of a system that is tipped too heavily in favour of offenders,” Ms Frecklington said.

“There is no crime more despicable than killing a child. The LNP’s Mason Jett Lee laws would deliver real justice for child victims and their devastated families.”

The Bill, moved by Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki, would introduce a new offence of child homicide, with a mandatory 15-year jail penalty.

The Bill would also increase the minimum non-parole period for the murder of a child under 18 from 20 to 25 years.

Mr Janetzki said the proposed child homicide offence would target those who kill through violence, sexual assault or neglect.

Accidental deaths, such as drownings, would not be captured under the offence.

Shadow Minister for Women and patron of child justice campaign group Act for Mason Ros Bates said the LNP’s legislation had been drafted after listening to the grieving families of lost children.

“The system is failing to protect our precious kids and failing to properly punish child killers,” Ms Bates said.

“Kids can’t fight back – that’s why the LNP is determined to protect them.”