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.
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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.