LNP to consider panic defence recommendations

The State Opposition will consider findings of a legal committee’s examination of the non-violent sexual advance defence.

LNP Shadow Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie said he would take the proposal to amend the partial defence of provocation to Shadow Cabinet for consideration.

“The Committee has recommended a change to remove the partial defence of provocation for non-violent sexual advances unless exceptional circumstances exist,” Mr Bleijie said.

“I support the view that it would be impossible to completely remove the partial defence as it could impact on the ability of female abuse victims in domestic relationships to rely on the defence.

“The LNP will never tolerate violence against any person and this is why we have been pushing for a tougher sentencing regime in Queensland.

“I want to thank the Committee chaired by the Honourable Justice John Jerrard, the former Justice of the Queensland Court of Appeal, for its work” he said.

“Labor’s Attorney General Paul Lucas has called for bipartisan support for this change. If he wants bipartisan support for this change then I call on him to provide the LNP with the legal committee report, and a draft copy of any Bill the Bligh government is proposing.

“Labor has had 20 years to change this law – and the tired 20 year old government will say and do anything in the lead up to the election.

“It’s time for a change. It’s time to get Queensland back on track”.

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