Bleijie takes action to halt release of sex offender Fardon
ATTORNEY-General Jarrod Bleijie will seek immediate action to ensure notorious sex offender Robert John Fardon remains behind bars for the rest of his life.
Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Peter Lyons granted Fardon's conditional release under strict supervision orders last Friday.
Medical professionals told Justice Lyons, during a hearing earlier in the week, that Fardon's risk of reoffending had reduced from high to moderate.
Mr Bleijie said on Wednesday he would apply for a stay of the decision, and make an application to the Queensland Supreme Court Court of Appeal to try to have the ruling overturned.
"The State Government has taken the view that we want Queensland to be the safest place to raise a child," he said.
"We can not keep that commitment if Robert John Fardon is out in the public domain.
"I respect the Supreme Court Justice's view and his reasoning, but I respectfully disagree with those particular reasoning."
Mr Bleijie said he expected the Queensland Supreme Court to hand down its final orders in relation to Fardon's release in the coming days.
"I have instructed counsel to ask the Justice for an immediate stay of that decision for 24 hours," he said.
"That will allow us to go to the Queensland Supreme Court of Appeal and ask for a stay of the entire orders.
"Therefore buying us some time to lodge the official appeal."
Mr Bleijie said he wanted to do everything to keep Fardon behind bars.
"We are going in this to win it," he said.
"I want to make sure we are doing everything we can to protect the Queensland community."
Mr Bleijie hinted he would introduce legislation to ensure Fardon remains behind bars for the rest of his life should the appeal be unsuccessful.
He said he was also looking at the case of another child sex offender, Raymond Barry Eades, who won a court application to be released from indefinite custody on Monday.