Statement from Attorney-General and Minister for Justice: Sentencing for criminal offences arising from the death of a child

The Palaszczuk Government recognises that there is a growing concern from the general public about whether sentencing for criminal offences arising from the death of a child are meeting the community’s expectations.

The Palaszczuk Government believes this is an important area for consideration and that is why I will be referring an inquiry to the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council relating to sentencing arising from offences resulting in the death of a child.

The Palaszczuk Government re-established the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council to undertake the research and provide reports that can help guide good policy and legislation into the future.

I have already spoken to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Chair of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council to advise them of this referral.

It is worth noting that no particular case has triggered this referral, rather the Palaszczuk Government has recognised an ongoing concern in the community that needs to be explored.

Once the terms of reference are released, I encourage the community to have their say on this important issue.

When the death of a child occurs, we are all heartbroken, but when these deaths occur at the hands of another person, we all want to ensure that the community’s expectations are being met in the justice system.

Yvette D'Ath
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice