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Pursuant to his promise to make Queensland ‘the safest place to raise a family’ the Attorney-General has announced plans for legislation under which dangerous sex offenders will face mandatory jail time if they remove or tamper with their electronic monitoring bracelet. This move follows successful challenges to Queensland’s dangerous sex offender legislation in the decisions of Attorney-General (Qld) v Lawrence [2013] QCA 364 (6 December 2013) and Attorney-General (Qld) v Fardon [2013] QCA 365 (6 December 2013). The Attorney-General announced in January that he would not appeal to the High Court.

The Queensland government has granted freehold title to Badu Islanders in the Torres Strait following negotiations between the Badulgal people and the state government over several years. A native title determination was finalised with a full approved determination over Badu Island and adjacent islands in 2005. Native title is held by the Mura Badulgal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC on behalf of the Badulgal people.

KATE GALLOWAY teaches law at James Cook University.
(2014) 39(1) AltLJ 58
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