‘No body, no release’ put to parliament

I move that this House: –

  • Notes that:
    1. Violent criminal offences create enduring physical and psychological trauma for victims of crime;
    2. When the body of a victim remains missing, this is agonising for the families of the deceased and commits them to a lifetime of suffering;
  • Recognises that our state no longer has sentencing that delivers a true life sentence for perpetrators of serious violent crimes; and
  • Calls on the government to implement a ‘no body, no release’ practice for serious violent offenders who have been found guilty of an offence that involves the death of another person whose body remains missing, until they have sufficiently engaged with police to assist in locating the deceased.

Media statement: August 2, 2022