Statement from Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath

Robert John Fardon will be an automatic reportable offender for the rest of his life under the Palaszczuk Government’s tough new legislation to protect the community from child sex offenders.

After Fardon’s order under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 ceased on January 9, he immediately came under the Child Protection (Offender Reporting and Offender Prohibition Order) Act 2004.

This means police will know where Fardon lives and travels, details of his phone and internet connections, social media accounts, interactions and passwords for the rest of his life.

If Fardon fails to meet these reporting conditions, he could face five years in jail.

Like most Queenslanders, the Palaszczuk Government wants Fardon to be strictly supervised in the community.

That is why the Government took legal action to extend the supervision order first put in place five years ago.

After the application to extend his order was rejected by the Supreme Court again, the Palaszczuk Government requested legal advice as to whether a further appeal would be successful.

We have been informed that there are no grounds for an appeal.

Queenslanders can rest assured that our State has the toughest post-conviction monitoring system in the country because of the Child Protection (Offender Reporting and Offender Prohibition Order) Act 2004 and the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003.

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