Qld’s Liberal National Party is set to debate a motion on allowing jurors to know about a defendant’s criminal past, in the wake of the Morcombe trial.
Jurors should be told about the criminal histories of defendants in court trials, a branch of Queensland’s Liberal National Party says.
The motion, from a Gold Coast branch, comes two months after the father of murdered schoolboy Daniel Morcombe called for jurors to be allowed to know about an accused person’s criminal past.
A jury earlier this year found serial pedophile Brett Cowan guilty of murdering the 13-year-old Sunshine Coast boy in December 2003 and interfering with his corpse.
But jurors weren’t told of his previous jail sentences for violent sexual assaults on young boys in Brisbane and Darwin in 1987 and 1993, and his long history of molesting children.
Daniel’s father Bruce Morcombe in May made a public plea for that to change, with Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie indicating he was open to the idea.
Ahead of the LNP’s three-day, annual state convention starting on Friday, the party’s Mermaid Beach state electorate council is calling on Mr Bleijie and his commonwealth counterpart, George Brandis, to review laws restricting jurors from knowing about a defendant’s criminal past.
Party delegates are also debating another branch motion calling on Australian Eastern Standard Time to be brought forward by 30 minutes permanently, so Queensland is only half an hour behind NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT during the summer daylight saving months.
The Young LNP is moving another motion calling on the Royal Australian Mint to cease production of the five cent coin and remove it from circulation.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott will address the Brisbane convention on Saturday with Premier Campbell Newman to speak on Sunday.
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss is appearing on Friday.