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Domestic Violence Bail Change Sought After Bradford Murder

A major change to Queensland's bail laws is on the cards, as both sides of politics react to the murder of Gold Coast mother Teresa Bradford.

The mother-of-four was stabbed to death on Tuesday in her Pimpama home by her estranged husband David, who then killed himself.

The brutal ordeal allegedly played out in front of the couple's children, who alerted neighbours.

In response, the Labor government has announced it will look at reversing the onus of proof for bail in domestic violence cases, but first wants to examine the way similar laws work interstate.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said they had to proceed quickly but carefully.

"This is an extremely complex case. Some issues have been raised in the media, and there may be some other issues that haven't yet been fully examined," she said.

The Liberal National Party opposition has previously given the state government bi-partisan support on domestic violence matters, but leader Tim Nicholls broke with that convention on Thursday.

He said the law changes couldn't wait, and he would introduce a bill on the matter in the first week of parliament for the year, starting February 14.

"Frankly we're not prepared to wait anymore. We're not going to wait for yet another review and yes, another report," he said.

The opposition's bill is likely to fail, unless it can get the support of some of the crossbenchers in Queensland's hung parliament.

Meanwhile, the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties has sounded a note of caution, saying reversing the onus of proof would be an "extraordinary change" that could result in innocent people spending time behind bars.

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.


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