Karina Lock. Photo from Facebook
Karina Lock. Photo from Facebook

Government takes action after Karina's death

THE Queensland Government has responded to the deaths of two women, including Maryborough's Karina Lock, with the immediate roll-out of new measures to tackle domestic and family violence.

People fearing domestic violence will be pushed to the front of the line at police stations after a rash of horrifying incidents in Queensland last week.

Former governor-general Quentin Bryce has been appointed to oversee the sweeping changes which include a range of new strategies to tackle family violence.

Dame Quentin led a taskforce which made the 140 recommendations in its Not Now Not Ever report into reducing Queensland's skyrocketing domestic violence rates.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said no time would be wasted in implementing the measures, after Karina Lock, Tara Brown and a six-year-old girl were killed in separate domestic violence attacks last week.

Mother-of-four Karina Lock was gunned down by her estranged husband in a Helensvale McDonald's last Thursday.

"Domestic violence complaints will now be prioritised at a police station," Dame Quentin said.

"You will not be standing in a queue.

"If you go into a police station and you have a complaint about domestic and family violence, you will be moved to the front of that queue."

The station's most senior sergeant on-duty will also be required to check and sign off on how officers handle every over-the-counter domestic violence report.

Ms Palaszczuk said the government would fast-track the roll-out of 300 body-worn cameras over the next month to help police make cases in court after responding to domestic violence call-outs.

One-stop-shop support services already announced for Logan and Beenleigh will be trialled somewhere in rural Queensland and an indigenous community.

Today cabinet will consider establishing a Death Review Panel to "identify where current processes have failed women".

Dame Quentin said she was heartened the government was fast-tracking the recommendations made in her report.

"Since these events of the last week, it's become an urgent matter - an emergency," she said.

Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten called on the Prime Minister to jointly host a bipartisan national crisis summit on family violence.


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