Queensland passes new sex offender laws

Queensland passes new sex offender laws

The Queensland parliament has passed sex offender laws this morning, allowing the states Attorney General Jarrad Bleijie to keep sex offenders in prison.

The House sat early this morning for the second time this week, following the adoption of anti bikie laws on Wednesday.

Under the new sex offender laws, any decision made by the Attorney-General to keep a sex offender in jail indefinitely will be subject to annual reviews by two psychiatrists.

The legislative changes come in response to the infamous Queensland sex offender, Robert John Fardon, who was released under a supervision order earlier this month, but returned to jail within hours after Mr Bleijie lodged an appeal.

Mr Bleijie says he now hopes to close off any chance of appeal for Fardon.

But Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk is against the changes, and has told Parliament this morning, the legislation undermines the separation of powers, and could be ruled to be unconstitutional.

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