Queenslanders who fail to tell the police about suspected child sex abuse could be jailed for up to three years under proposed new laws.
Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath wants to create a new 'failing to report' offence for adults who have reasonable grounds to suspect a child has been or is being abused, but do not alert authorities.
The bill is part of the government's response to the child abuse royal commission, and will cover any confessions made in religious settings.
Ms D'Ath has told parliament the government respects the rights of individuals to practise their religion freely, and understands there are strongly held views about the sanctity of religious confession.
"(But) these concerns must be balanced against the need to protect children from child sexual abuse," she said.
"This sends a strong message to the entire community that child sexual abuse is not something that can be ignored by any adult."
The bill will also make it illegal to possess, supply or produce child abuse objects such as dolls that look like children.
"These can be very young-looking dolls that reflect very young adolescent children. We must end this."
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