Qld premier to consider bail law changes

Ed Jackson and Shae McDonald

Queensland's premier is prepared to heed calls to tighten bail laws for domestic violence cases following the death of Gold Coast mother Teresa Bradford.

Ms Bradford was killed by estranged husband David at her Pimpama home on Tuesday morning before Bradford then took his own life.

The fatal attack came less than three weeks after the 52-year-old was granted bail on domestic violence charges stemming from an alleged violent assault on Ms Bradford at the same home in November.

Friends of the mother-of-four, 40, say the system failed her, and her partner should never have been allowed out after 44 days in custody.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would discuss possible changes to the bail act with Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath and Women's Minister Shannon Fentiman.

"We will look at all those options but in the first instance we need to let the police undertake their investigation," she said.

"At the moment I want to ensure those young children are getting all the support that they need following the tragic death of their mother."

Anti-violence campaigner Di Macleod said Queensland's legal system wasn't providing adequate protection to victims of domestic violence.

"Clearly things need to change there," Ms MacLeod told AAP.

"There's a presumption against the granting of bail where there's a history or threat of domestic violence in most Australian jurisdictions. There's not in Queensland.

"There's no specific provisions in the bail act that cater specifically for domestic violence cases."

Bradford's lawyer Mark Donnelly told the ABC his client was entitled to bail under the current act due to his lack of criminal history, no prior domestic violence allegations and having spent 44 days in custody.

"I think all the relevant matters that they could rely on were in there," Mr Donnelly said.

"There were just a number of matters that weren't in dispute ... it's difficult for the police to really put forward anything to object to."

Ms Macleod suggest one option would be to remand the alleged offender in custody until the risk of them harming their partner can be properly assessed by an independent expert.

Anti-violence campaigner Rosie Batty said Tuesday's crime should result in mandatory bail notifications for domestic violence victims, so they can be aware of when an alleged offender has been released from custody.

"It keeps happening and I just feel incredibly sad," Ms Batty said.

"These are women who have ... worked towards their safety and they are killed when they do so."

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78.

Multicultural Mental Health Australia www.mmha.org.au.

Local Aboriginal Medical Service available from www.vibe.com.au.