One of the country's most notorious killers has been refused permission to resettle in Tasmania.
In 1996, 18-year-old Matthew De Gruchy bludgeoned his mother, sister and brother to death on the NSW South Coast.
After 23 years behind bars, the now 43-year-old is being considered for parole and has expressed a desire to live with his pensioner father in Tasmania.
But a Department of Justice spokesperson has confirmed the application has been rejected.
On Twitter, high profile barrister Greg Barns described the decision as inhumane.
De Gruchy could be released by the NSW Parole Board as early as next week, despite his full sentence not expiring until June 2024.