Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Eyes on Sex Offenders; Springborg Damns Government for Taking Too Long to Act

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Eyes on Sex Offenders; Springborg Damns Government for Taking Too Long to Act

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Byline: ZANE JACKSON zane.jackson@qt.com.au

IPSWICH'S experience in housing notorious pedophile Robert John Fardon was highlighted during a parliamentary debate on new laws for dangerous sex offenders.

Rapists and child sex offenders deemed dangerous by courts will face longer sentences and closer supervision under the laws, which were passed on Thursday night.

Deputy Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg blasted the fact that it had taken so long for the bill to be passed, about 12 months after it was introduced to Queensland Parliament.

In the year between the bill's two hearings, Fardon, a pedophile branded as one of Queensland's worst sex offenders, was sentenced for slipping his supervision and raping an intellectually handicapped woman, Mr Springborg said.

Before that, Fardon was "poorly supervised" when released from jail for previous crimes and placed in Ipswich on October 31, 2007.

"Fardon's release became a spectacle for all to see as he was run out of the streets in Ipswich where he was placed," Mr Springborg said. …

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