O’Gorman says Bleijie is using Daniel Morcombe as a pawn
ONE of the state's leading civil libertarians has warned Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie against politicising the Daniel Morcombe case to strengthen his law-and-order agenda.
Queensland Council for Civil Liberties vice-president Terry O'Gorman also called for the Member for Kawana to consult with the legal profession and the Civil Liberties Council on tougher sex offender laws.
In revealing plans to review the sentence handed down to Brett Cowan as Daniel's killer, Mr Bleijie told media on Friday that this State Government had taken the toughest stance on child sex offenders "and we will continue to do even more".
"Everything we have done has been about preventing other families from going through what the Morcombes have had to endure," he said.
Mr O'Gorman said Mr Bleijie's "announcement of new and highly extreme sex offender laws" on the day Cowan was sentenced to life with a 20-year non-parole period for Daniel's murderer was not coincidental.
"As a parent I cannot imagine the extreme hell the Morcombes have been through over the last decade. They should not now be used as political pawns by the Attorney-General," Mr O'Gorman said.
Mr Bleijie yesterday said Mr O'Gorman's comments were "very insensitive".
"We owe it to the Morcombes, the people of the Sunshine Coast and Queensland to continue the fight to protect our children from monsters like Brett Peter Cowan," Mr Bleijie said.
"We have done more than any other government to prevent other parents from going through what the Morcombes have endured and we are reviewing Queensland's anti-sex offender laws with a view to making them tougher."