Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls
Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls Chris Ison ROK070916ccarpark1

'Piss weak': LNP leader slams response to domestic violence

ELECTRONIC tracking bracelets may be used to monitor the movements of anyone accused of attacking their partners under measures being considered by the Palaszczuk Government.

Police Minister Mark Ryan yesterday revealed he had spoken to police about the use of GPS and other technology that might give added protection to victims in the wake of Teresa Bradford's murder.

"I've got an open mind on that and I'm happy to talk with the Premier and ­Attorney-General about that very thing," he said.

It came as Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls went on the attack over a Palaszczuk Government review that will investigate new laws toughening bail for alleged perpetrators and pledged to introduce laws himself to Parliament.

Joined by Bonnie Mobbs, the mother of another slain Gold Coast woman Shelsea Schilling, who was killed by her partner last year, Mr Nicholls said a review signalled "gutless leadership" ­because change was too ­important to put off.

The Opposition will introduce a Private Member's Bill in two weeks to change bail laws when Parliament returns for the year.

It will require offenders to argue why they should get bail when charged with domestic violence-related crimes such as assault, grievous bodily harm, deprivation of liberty, strangulation and kidnapping, in a total about-face of current bail laws that require the prosecution to prove a person should not be released.

The response came as the Government confirmed it was considering the move, as well as GPS and measures to ensure victims are told when a person is released on bail.

The Government is also considering increased resources for its specialist domestic violence court and support service DV Connect.

But Mr Nicholls said Queenslanders did not need a review to tell them the system had failed yet another victim.

"If you speak about it down at the pub, you would say the responses so far have been piss-weak," he said.

Through tears outside the Southport Magistrates Court, Ms Mobbs said the changes were needed "now, not tomorrow, not the next month, not next year, now".

Ms Mobbs, who took several seconds to compose herself, said "pieces of paper do absolutely nothing ... There needs to be no more bail. They stay there (inside the watch-house)."

The Opposition is also considering whether to support the introduction of tracking devices for offenders.

Ms Palaszczuk promised a "shake-up" of domestic violence laws if needed, but said no time frame had been decided.

"We are going to look very closely and if there needs to be a shake-up, there will be a shake-up," she said. "Everyone is feeling very sad and deeply affected by what happened to Teresa.

"And we are going to ensure that if we can fix up processes across government in the legal system, we will look at those issues very closely."

The proposed changes to bail have enraged civil libertarians who say it unfairly tips the scales of justice to the prosecution and will exacerbate overcrowding in jails.

- Additional reporting Paul Weston

News Corp Australia

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