Queensland LNP leader Tim Nicholls reacts during a visit to Deception Bay High School , as part of the 2017 Queensland election campaign, Brisbane, Monday November 6, 2017.
Queensland LNP leader Tim Nicholls reacts during a visit to Deception Bay High School , as part of the 2017 Queensland election campaign, Brisbane, Monday November 6, 2017. AAP Image - Glenn Hunt

LNP to introduce public register of abusive partners

A PUBLIC register will disclose people's abusive pasts to new love interests and a special domestic violence offence will be created under a Nicholls government.

LNP domestic violence prevention spokeswoman Ros Bates will today launch the LNP's action plan, which aims to reverse record numbers of protection orders being breached across the state.

She will announce laws to be modelled on a new offence in the United Kingdom in which there is a pattern of non-violent controlling actions in a family relationship.

The Queensland Law Reform Commission would be asked to investigate how to frame a similar law here.

"Currently, there is no specific domestic violence offence in our laws by which to charge an offender," Ms Bates said.

"We will work with police and domestic violence advocates to develop a specific domestic violence offence to better protect victims."

An LNP government would also trial a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - known as Clare's Law - which would allow people to inquire about the domestic violence or child sex crime past of an individual they were now in a relationship with, or who was in a relationship with someone they knew.

 

Police would also be able to decide whether to proactively disclose a person's previous convictions to a partner, even if they hadn't asked.

The LNP raised the idea of implementing the Clare's Law - introduced after the 2009 murder of Clare Wood by her ex-partner - when it tabled an exposure draft Bill in 2015 to create such a scheme.

"By Bringing in Clare's Law, partners will take a major step forward in ensuring the safety of their families when entering into a new relationship," Ms Bates said.

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Other measures will include a law change to prohibit perpetrators from personally cross examining their victims in civil or criminal matters, and require magistrates to rotate through specialist domestic violence courts as part of their professional development.''

The move is designed to ensure magistrates hearing domestic violence in magistrates courts have a deeper understanding of the issues at play.

The LNP's plan would also bring domestic violence services together on the Gold Coast and in Townsville to help victims seek help from the one place.

News Corp Australia


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