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    Acting Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable David Crisafulli

    Statement from Acting Attorney-General David Crisafulli on Robert John Fardon

    Acting Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable David Crisafulli

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    Statement from Acting Attorney-General David Crisafulli on Robert John Fardon

    We have done more than any other government to keep Robert John Fardon behind bars but our legal advice is that we just can’t win in the High Court.

    We kept Fardon in prison after successfully appealing his release last year and we lodged a subsequent appeal when he was ordered to be released again.

    We did everything we could but some of Queensland’s top silks, including the Solicitor-General, all advised we were out of options.

    Protecting Queensland families should never have a price tag which is why we fought so hard to keep Fardon locked away for as long as we could.

    He remains on a 24 hour curfew and can’t leave his front door without permission. Fardon is only allowed out for essential trips accompanied by an escort and wearing a GPS tracker. We are doing everything possible to ensure the community is protected.

    We didn’t want him out in the first place, but it’s now a matter of keeping him on a very tight leash and working out ways to ensure other people like him are kept behind bars.

    Our resolve will not be broken and that’s why we are working on toughening the existing legislation.

    [ENDS] 15 January 2014

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