|Attorney-general Seeks Legal Advice on Paedophile Appeal
By Melinda Howells
October 6, 2010
Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek has launched a broader attack on the Queensland justice system after calling for an appeal against a child sex offender sentence.
Mr Langbroek says a 10 year jail sentence is inadequate for a teacher convicted of raping and molesting students in Toowoomba.
Attorney-General Cameron Dick has requested legal advice about the prospects of success of an appeal.
Mr Langbroek has told Parliament there should be an independent body to oversee judges.
"Labor's justice system is flawed, Labor's justice system is weak, Labor's justice system is out of step with community standards," he said.
"But worst of all, Labor's justice system has failed 13 girls and their families."
However, the State Government says it has a proud record on dealing with child sex offenders.
Mr Dick says the body being proposed by the Opposition could be open to political interference.
"It's going back to the bad old days of the National Party when they had no respect for Queensland courts and no respect for the doctrine of the separation of powers," he said.
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