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Queensland urged to strengthen domestic violence laws after mum's horrific burning death

The Queensland government is being urged to set a clear time frame for reforming the state's domestic violence system after the horrific death of a woman on the Gold Coast.

Kelly Wilkinson. Source: Gofundme

Brian Earl Johnston has been charged with murder, breaching a domestic violence order and his bail conditions after the burned body of mother-of-three Kelly Wilkinson was found in a Gold Coast backyard.

The 34-year-old was arrested on Tuesday near the Arundel property, where his former partner's body was found, and he had burns to his hands and possibly his airway.

Wilkinson's death comes after a series of domestic violence murders and alleged murders, with calls growing for urgent government action.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says everyone has been touched by Wilkinson's "absolutely horrific" death.

"That should never have to happen to anybody at all and I do hope that justice is served," she told parliament.

"As the person has been charged I cannot any comment further on that case, but I think everyone in this house shares our deep sadness and our feelings towards the family."

Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman has already ordered a special taskforce to make recommendations on criminalising coercive control in October and for reforming the justice system for women in March.

Opposition spokeswoman for women Amanda Camm says women at risk can't afford to wait that long and the government must set clear time frames for reform.

"How many more times can we say, 'enough is enough'? I'm tired of saying 'enough is enough' because it is enough," she told reporters.

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"How many more women are going to lose their lives? How many more children will be motherless, and through the most horrid of circumstances in which victims are losing their lives?"

Camm said the time frames should be set on the taskforce's consultation and when it reports back to the government.

She said a time frame for introducing the new laws to parliament also needs to be set.

In the meantime, Camm said the government could make simple systematic changes to streamline reporting procedures for victims.

Queensland was the only state that does not allow police to take video statements from victims, she said.

"Police have to go through a very arduous, lengthy bureaucratic process to do that," Camm said.

"So there is very simple legislation that refers to evidence, there is simple legislation that could be amended and changed, and I don't think we need to put everything on hold and not make systematic changes."

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe wouldn't comment on reports Johnston was on bail at the time Wilkinson was killed, but said any grieving family would want to know that everything was done to protect their loved one.

"But I think as far as that goes, and in relation to that particular incident, (with) the matter now being the subject of a criminal process, I don't think I should say anything."

Source: 1 NEWS