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Qld govt outlines parole system review

AAP logoAAP 8/08/2016 By Jamie McKinnell

Former solicitor-general Walter Sofronoff QC will head a probe into Queensland's parole system.

The review was sparked by the death of 81-year-old grandmother Elizabeth Kippin, killed in Townsville last month during a stabbing rampage that left two others injured.

Ms Kippin's alleged attacker, 32-year-old Anthony O'Keefe, had been released on parole that day, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed on Tuesday.

"At the heart of this, we need to make sure that we get to the bottom of what happened and where improvements can be made we will swiftly implement reforms," Ms Palaszczuk said.

The government expects a report by the end of November and has allocated up to half a million dollars for the review.

There are more than 6000 people on parole in Queensland, Ms Palaszczuk said.

Corrective Services Minister Bill Byrne said it was overly simplistic to correlate the parole issues with overcrowding in the state's prisons.

He pointed to a 30 per cent increase in methylamphetamine-related crime in the past five years as a major problem and said many people within the corrections system had drug histories.

"For me, personally, it's about how we address these issues as a society and it's not simply a matter of compartmentalising that into a parole issue or a corrections issue," he said.

Corrective Services Commissioner Mark Rallings, during his briefing with Ms Palaszczuk, told the premier the incident was the worst Queensland had ever seen.

Mr Byrne said the government may consider the two-tiered system Victoria introduced following the rape and murder of Jill Meagher in 2012.

Ms Meagher, 29, was killed by Adrian Bayley, who was on parole for similar crimes, and a coroner has since described the tragedy as preventable.

O'Keefe was remanded in custody in the Townsville Magistrates Court last week and will spend almost two months behind bars before his case is next mentioned in late October.

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