Fardon not welcome on Sunshine Coast

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“You’re not welcome on the Sunshine Coast.”

That was the message today from Sunshine Coast LNP MP’s to Queensland’s worst sex offender Robert John Fardon.

It was revealed yesterday that the serial rapist and sex offender was released into the community recently after the Palaszczuk government failed to introduce sufficient laws to keep serial predators like Fardon under strict supervision.

Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie said Labor had put the community at risk by blocking the urgent passage of the LNP’s tough laws for violent sex offenders.

“This evil predator should be under strict supervision and GPS tracked for the rest of his life but under Annastacia Palaszczuk’s flawed approach he has been despicably set free with a long history of reoffending – he is not welcome on the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Bleijie said.

“It’s also been revealed that while Robert John Fardon was released a week ago, the Palaszczuk labor government requested the court to gag the release - they tried to cover up his release.”

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said keeping Queensland children safe was the number one priority for the LNP.

“We have better laws protecting us from dangerous dogs,” Ms Simpson said.

“We must ensure our kids are safe from these predators – we don’t want him anywhere near the Sunshine Coast.”

Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle said Fardon was a danger to the community.

“They say it takes a community to raise a child. I would say it also takes a community to protect a child and we don’t want Fardon as part of our community,” Mr McArdle said.

Member for Ninderry Dan Purdie said as a former Child Protection Detective, he knows first-hand that police are already under the pump trying to deal with crime, particularly juvenile crime, which is out of control.

“Our hard working police don’t have the resources or necessary staffing to monitor and manage another sadist pedophile at large in our community,” Mr Purdie said.

Member for Buderim Brent Mickelberg said the community deserved to feel safe and that the interests of a serial rapist like Fardon should come second to the rights of families and the vulnerable.

“Through his actions Fardon has relinquished his right to be a free member of our society and I support community demands that he be monitored all day, every day, for the rest of his life,” Mr Mickelberg said.

Member for Nicklin Marty Hunt said community members had a right to be concerned.

“The community is furious that this predator is free to walk the streets without supervision - and rightly so – it’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ with serial offenders like Fardon,” Mr Hunt said.

LNP MP’s said if Labor didn’t play politics and passed the LNP’s tough laws, Fardon would still be under strict supervision and his every movement GPS tracked The Protecting Queenslanders from Violent and Child Sex Offenders Amendment Bill was introduced into Parliament in September, but Labor played politics and used their numbers to refer it to a Parliamentary Committee.

The LNP’s laws would:
• Grant the Attorney-General the power to determine when a supervision order ceases (this would have meant Fardon would still be under strict supervision, in a secure compound).
• Repeat sexual offenders will be GPS tracked until the day they die.
• Provide for the indeterminate supervision of repeat sexual offenders upon their release into the community.
• Strengthen the Dangerous Prisoners and Sexual Offenders Act 2003 to ensure that when making a decision under this Act, a person or body must give paramount consideration to the safety and protection of the community.

The LNP’s legislation is now currently before the Parliamentary Committee, which is to report to the House by March 19, 2019.

 
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