Getting Tough on Young Offenders - Better Queensland

Getting Tough on Young Offenders

A Tim Nicholls-led Liberal National Government will introduce important new offences to ensure that young offenders convicted of a crime are held accountable for their actions.

The Problem

Labor is soft on crime, which means that the safety and security of families across Queensland – particularly in the regions – is put at risk.

Under Annastacia Palaszczuk, the rights of offenders are put ahead of the right of the community to be safe.

Crime, in particular youth crime, is out of control. Recent QPS crime statistics as at 30 June 2017 indicated that:

Car theft increased by 18.2% in Townsville, 31.9% in the Far North and 26.6% in Wide Bay in the last year and unlawful entry increased by 15.2% on the Gold Coast, 16.1% in Capricornia and 28.4% in the Moreton police districts in the last year.

Labor scrapped the strong laws that were introduced by the LNP in 2014 – without any review. That is remarkable given Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a review into just about everything else. 

Our tough laws had not been given the chance to work although the early signs were promising.

It’s time to stop Labor’s soft on crime, slap on the wrist approach.

Our Record

The LNP acts and listens to the community, which is why we introduced stronger youth justice laws in 2014 that have since been scrapped by Labor.

We also invested in early intervention, rehabilitation and additional policing resources across the state.

We delivered on our commitment to get tough on crime and tip the scales of justice back in favour of the community. 

Our Real Plan

A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will introduce tougher laws to ensure that young offenders who are convicted of a crime are held accountable for their actions.

These measures include:

  1. Re-introducing ‘breach of bail’ as an offence for young offenders
  2. Introducing a new community payback scheme for young offenders who are convicted of unlawful entry or car theft/hooning offences so that they are required to undertake mandatory community service orders to show remorse for their crime, upon their first offence, as a minimum
  3. Removing the principle of detention as a last resort for repeat young offenders, upon their second offence
  4. Re-instating a “name and shame three strikes” policy which gives the Court the ability to name and shame a repeat young offender, upon their third offence, and
  5. Providing the Court with the ability to restrict a young person’s eligibility for a driver’s licence if they have been convicted of certain car theft or hooning offences.

This is part of our plan to provide safe and liveable communities as we Build a Better Queensland.

Part of our Plan to Build a Better Queensland

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