Bruce and Denise Morcombe faced a long wait to have Daniel's body laid to rest.
Bruce and Denise Morcombe faced a long wait to have Daniel's body laid to rest. Cade Mooney

No body, no parole law to be introduced in Queensland

QUEENSLAND killers may not be released from jail unless they give up the location of the bodies of their victims under a new 'no body, no parole' law to come into effect.

The Palaszczuk Government says it will introduce the law,  first pushed by the LNP in November with the backing of Bruce and Denise Morcombe, to help victims' families.

The laws would apply to offenders convicted of murder or manslaughter.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Sofronoff review recommended a model similar to South Australia, which focused broadly on prisoners cooperating with investigations.

"We have accepted the recommendation to introduce legislation this year to empower the Parole Board to not release the prisoner on parole if the prisoner hasn't cooperated in the investigation," she said.

"We agree with the findings of the Sofronoff review that 'withholding the location of a body extends the suffering of victim's families and all efforts should be made to attempt to minimise this sorrow'," the Premier said.

Mr Sofronoff met with Fiona Splitt and discussed the hardship that she has faced because she was unable to put her husband to rest.

Her husband Bruce Schuler went missing in July 2012 at Palmerville Station on Cape York. The station's leaseholders Stephen Struber and Dianne Wilson were convicted of his murder. Mr Schuler's body has not been found.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath said she would be introducing 'no body, no parole' legislation later this year.

"We know there are a number of jurisdictions across Australia which have legislation, or are in the process of introducing similar legislation.

"We will consult with stakeholders on the drafting of the legislation."

In November last year, Opposition leader Tim Nicholls pushed for the changes.

At the time, Mr Nicholls said for far too long the scales of justice in Queensland put the rights of criminals ahead of community expectations and victims.

"This is all about criminals showing genuine remorse and giving families closure."

Bruce and Denise Morcombe* said the LNP's No Body, No Parole policy was a huge win for victims and their families.

Mr and Mrs Morcombe's son, Daniel Morcombe, was abducted and murdered in December 2003, with the family forced to endure a decade-long wait before they could lay their son to rest.

"Our extensive travels around Queensland supporting the aims of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation have allowed us to engage with family members who have not had the opportunity to say farewell to a murdered loved one.

"This policy will assist them greatly by providing some comfort with a place to reflect."

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