Teresa Bradford death: Opposition proposes strict bail laws ahead of vigil.

By Nick Wiggins

Victims of domestic violence would be notified if their alleged attacker applied for bail under a bill proposed by Queensland’s Opposition.

The Liberal National Party said the “alert system” would see victims notified if a person charged with a domestic violence offence, or a person named in a domestic violence order, applied for bail or parole.

It will be part of Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls’ private member’s bill, which also aims to reverse the onus of proof for bail applications for alleged domestic violence offenders.

“We’ve heard stories of people saying ‘if only I’d known I would’ve been able to take action, I could’ve moved away’ but unfortunately nothing has been done for too long,” Mr Nicholls said.

The bill comes less than a week after Teresa Bradford was killed by her estranged husband inside her Gold Coast home.

He had been released on bail for choking and bashing the mother of four, with his release catching Ms Bradford off guard.

Mr Nicholls was joined at his press conference by Sonia Anderson, whose 22-year-old daughter Bianca was murdered by her partner in 2010.

She said victims needed to be informed.

“[A victim] needs some time to find out where she’s going to move to, where she can take her children, safety precautions, [or] maybe she needs family members to be with her,” Ms Anderson said.

Police consider updating notification protocols

In Queensland, it is not mandatory for victims of domestic violence to be told when alleged offenders have been bailed.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk earlier this week said the Government wanted to ensure victims were told when an alleged perpetrator was being released.

She said the Government was reviewing whether the onus of proof needed to be changed and would look very closely at the notification issue, adding there would be a shake-up if needed.


A spokesperson for the Government said the Police Commissioner was looking at updating protocols around notifications.

Candlelight vigil for Teresa

A vigil will be held for Ms Bradford outside her home on Sunday night.

“On the 31st of January, the Pimpama community lost a beautiful soul to a terrible act of DV,” a Facebook post promoting the event said.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected and we wish nothing but the best for her family and friends.”

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