No agreement on domestic violence bail

Shae McDonald

Tough new bail laws for domestic violence offenders will go to the Queensland parliament without the support of a parliamentary committee after it failed to reach a consensus.

The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee on Friday afternoon released its report into the Liberal National Party's proposed legislation, sparked by the death of Gold Coast mum Teresa Bradford this year.

Chair and Labor MP Duncan Pegg confirmed the six-member panel was unable to reach a majority decision to recommend the bill be passed, even though it was "clearly apparent" all wanted to stop domestic violence.

"Based on the submissions lodged and the evidence provided in the public hearings, government members were of the view this bill requires more consultation and significant amendment," the report read.

"Whilst some of the proposals in the bill have merit, there is potential for unintended consequences and it is abundantly clear more work needs to be undertaken in relation to this very important issue."

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls introduced his private members' bill into the Queensland parliament last month, just two weeks after Ms Bradford was murdered by her estranged husband David, who then killed himself.

He had only six weeks earlier been granted bail on domestic violence charges.

The proposed bill included provisions for serious domestic violence offenders to be fitted with GPS trackers and a three-day grace period to allow urgent appeals against people granted bail by a magistrate.

The three LNP members of the committee, who supported the legislation, included a statement in the report urging the parliament to pass the bill despite its lack of recommendation.

"There are no words to express how shameful it would be for the Legislative Assembly to reject this bill," it read.

"To reject this bill would not only let down the victims and families who have already lost loved ones to domestic violence.

"To reject the bill would make it difficult for those that fail to support the bill from ever facing future victims or their families knowing that something could have been done now to stop their loss."

But the government committee members asserted there had already been bipartisan support for the implementation of the recommendations in the Not Now, Not Ever report into domestic violence.

"Any deviation from the recommendations made by the taskforce requires careful consideration and consultation," the report read.