Robert John Fardon.
Robert John Fardon. File

Fardon's monitoring will be tough: Police minister

POLICE Minister Mark Ryan says Queenslanders can rest assured their state has the toughest post-conviction monitoring system in the country.

Mr Ryan made the statement in response to criticism from the LNP in regards to last week's release of serial rapist Robert John Fardon, 70, into the community.

He said monitoring was tough because of amendments his government had made last year to the Child Protection Act and Dangerous Prisoners Act.

"Robert Fardon must notify police of where he lives, travels, works, phone and internet connections, social media accounts and passwords, among other personal details, for the rest of his life,” Mr Ryan said.

"A failure of any of these reporting conditions risks five years' jail.

"Furthermore, should Fardon exhibit any behaviours that are of concern to police they can apply to the court for an Offender Prohibition Order which includes provisions for a GPS tracker to be attached to the offender.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said Fardon was released from prison in 2013 under the LNP.

"An appeal in 2014, again under the LNP, failed when the then Attorney-General offered no evidence,” Ms D'Ath said.

She said a suppression order which withheld news of Fardon's reintroduction to the community for a week was imposted by the court to minimise media and vigilante attention.

"The Palaszczuk Government's position was to oppose the suppression order, however, if one was to be made, that it be of the shortest duration.”


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