The Public Interest Declarations Act amending the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act represents a significant change to the way the law is applied in Queensland and throughout Australia. We have, until now had a clear delineation between the role of the executive and the implementation of the law by the judiciary. ┬áThe parliament has been elected to make law and our courts have interpreted and applied those laws. ┬áThis new piece of legislation departs from that process, by enabling the Attorney General to overrule the decision of the court and detain a person. Previously, applications to have prisoners detained indefinitely …

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