No bail, no parole for terrorists

Published Thursday, 28 March, 2019 at 05:51 PM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

Tough new bail and parole laws for offenders convicted of terrorism or those with links to terror activities have been passed by the Queensland Parliament.

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said the Palaszczuk Government was sending 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,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“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.”

Mrs D’Ath said the new legislation delivered on a commitment by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

“This commitment ensures the presumption against bail and parole for offenders motivated by terrorism is a nationally consistent law,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“As I have said previously, the most effective defence against terrorism is preventing radicalisation and the progression to violent extremism.     

“I want to thank the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission, government agencies and community-based organisations who work cooperatively to keep our community safe.”

The Palaszczuk Government’s 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 (PBQ) is satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances.

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