SEX offenders take note.
Continue with your wicked ways and you will be chemically castrated, if Ipswich independent candidate Patricia Petersen gets her way at any rate.
Ms Petersen told the QT that she did not come to this conclusion lightly, but she insisted that the pain endured by those who suffer at the hands of sex offenders far outweighed the inconvenience sex offenders might go through due to chemical castration.
If elected, she would introduce a bill in parliament for convicted sex offenders to be chemically castrated.
Ms Petersen said "a drug, clinically known as an LHRH agonist and marketed as Zoladex, has been highly successful in reducing recidivism rates of sex offenders overseas, particularly in the US state of Oregon".
Ms Petersen said she came to the conclusion the step was necessary after attending the funeral of Daniel Morcombe.
"I was a metre and a half from Daniel Morcombe's mother and it was gut-wrenching to see the pain on her face, and her husband was equally emotionally annihilated," she said.
"But there are ways of preventing sex offenders getting out and re-offending.
"We just need to do it."
Ms Petersen said there was currently no highly effective treatment for sex offenders in Queensland and that her feedback had supported her tough stance.
"Some may suggest that it's inhumane," she said.
"I believe it's more humane to castrate sex offenders than to sit back, do nothing and allow for unnecessary and avoidable attacks on women and children.
"If sex offenders don't want chemical castration, then they should remain behind bars. It's as simple as that."
Who will you vote for in Ipswich in 2015?
This poll ended on 31 January 2015.
1. Tim Stieler - FAMILY FIRST
2. Ian Berry - LNP
3. Patricia Petersen - INDEPENDENT
4. Jennifer Howard - ALP
5. Pat Walsh - GREENS
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.