Push for double danger laws after Queensland DNA lab debacle

It was revealed this week that the lab has routinely not tested samples below a certain threshold for the past four years.

The report stated that ten percent of untested samples could have critical DNA results.

Stock image of DNA testing (Getty)
Many samples in the Queensland crime lab have never been DNA tested. (Getty)

Labor MP Jonty Bush wrote a lengthy Facebook post expressing her outrage at the report.

“One of the few irrefutable information available in homicide cases is the presence of DNA evidence,” she wrote.

“It is unlikely that these results led to illegal convictions, but I am sure these results led to the dropping of cases and, tragically, the acquittal of some violent perpetrators.”

Bush has called for action under the state’s dual danger laws.

“I am not aware of one case that has been retried under this legislation,” she said.

“But if ever there was an argument for considering this legislation, it’s now.”

Robotic DNA assembly line where components of the coronavirus vaccine will be assembled.
Many DNA samples have never been tested. (Paul Harris)

Criminal defense attorney Bill Potts explained the double hazard legislation.

“It essentially means that people cannot be tried twice for the same crime unless there is something absolutely overwhelming in the way of new evidence,” he told 9News.

“The problem in this particular case is that the prosecution has always, it seems, had the evidence in their own hands. They just didn’t test it.”

The opposition of the LNP has already called for the resignation of Health Minister Yvette D’Ath.

“This is a complete failure of the government and a complete failure of Yvette D’Ath,” said deputy opposition leader Jarrod Bleijie.

The final report on the DNA lab’s shortcomings will not be released until the end of the year.

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