The McGowan Labor Government today introduced its promised ‘no body, no parole’ legislation to State Parliament.
The State Government’s changes to the Sentence Administration Act will mean murderers who do not co-operate with police and law enforcement authorities to disclose the location of their victim’s remains will no longer be eligible for parole.
Under the new laws, the Prisoner’s Review Board will not recommend or order parole unless the board is satisfied the prisoner has co-operated with police in identifying the last known location of the body of the deceased.
Mark McGowan has said, “This legislation puts grieving families of murder victims first. The State Government recognises the significant pain and suffering that families of missing murder victims live with every day, particularly when they have been denied the chance to hold a proper funeral. For a family to be able to bury their loved one is a matter of great importance and a step towards closure, and ultimately this is what the legislation aims to achieve.”