A Gold Coast criminal defence lawyer has questioned the effectiveness of introducing tougher penalties for killing police officers.
Queensland Parliament last week passed new laws, which will increase the non-parole period for murder from 15 to 20 years.
PARENTS on the Fraser Coast might face the prospect of their kids undergoing random drug tests in the future if moves by The Southport School on the Gold Coast to test their students are successful.
Prominent criminal defence lawyer Bill Potts said the whole area was a potential legal minefield.
The State Government says it expects to raise more than $12 million a year by charging convicted criminals a court levy.
New laws passed in Parliament last night will force convicted offenders to pay $300 for Supreme and District Court matters.
A Gold Coast lawyer says court proceedings will take much longer to complete if jobs are cut at the State Reporting Bureau (SRB).
SRB staff have told the ABC they are deeply concerned about a News Limited report suggesting 200 jobs will be outsourced.
Queensland police are negotiating a legal minefield to assess whether to launch a full criminal investigation into a complaint by stood-aside Speaker Peter Slipper that the former staffer pursuing him for sexual harassment had sex with two underage males nine years ago.
In Queensland, sex with minors is an offence carrying a maximum of 14 years in jail, but police have received only a “third-party” complaint from Mr Slipper about his former aide James Ashby’s alleged dealings.
EXPOSED to beatings, sexual assault and threats while cramped in a third world jail cell with eight other prisoners, Stephen Ploderer was living a nightmare.
The 37-year-old was a world away from his Sunshine Coast home waiting to be returned to Australia to face drug importation charges.
THE State Government has pushed through controversial mandatory sentencing laws for repeat child sex offenders despite warnings the new laws could risk child murders.
The government also was warned there would likely be long delays in court processes if people had little incentive to plead guilty, with a consequential impact on child victims and their families.