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Call for Mason inquest premature: Qld govt

AAP logoAAP 9/08/2016 By Jamie McKinnell and Sarah Motherwell

The Queensland opposition's demand for a coronial inquest into the death of Caboolture toddler Mason Lee is "ludicrous" because it could jeopardise the case against those charged with his manslaughter, the state government says.

The 21-month-old was found with severe injuries in a Caboolture home in the early hours of June 11.

His mother Anne-Maree Lee, stepfather Andrew O'Sullivan and family friend Ryan Hodson have been charged with his manslaughter.

Liberal National Party leader Tim Nicholls on Tuesday demanded attorney-general Yvette D'Ath write to the coroner about an inquest to identify how "systems designed to protect Mason failed him".

But Ms D'Ath said that was ludicrous as it could the jeopardise criminal charges against the three accused.

It is also against the law for the coroner to hold an inquest into a person's death until court proceedings, including appeals, have concluded.

Ms D'Ath said the opposition leader had shown "extremely poor judgment" by seeking to interfere in the role of the state coroner and the police investigation.

Mr Nicholls said a coronial inquest after the current court proceedings would be the best way to examine the failings in Queensland's child safety system.

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