A future LNP government will introduce some of the toughest youth justice reforms in the nation.
Liberal National Party Leader Tim Nicholls said Labor had failed Queensland with its soft-on-crime attitude and policies surrounding youth crime and justice.
He said Labor’s failed policies had resulted in a revolving door of justice where young criminals were running riot on the streets without any fear of repercussions.
“The LNP will make no apologies for being tough on youth crime,” Mr Nicholls said.
“The LNP will introduce breach of bail as an offence for young offenders after we listened to our frustrated police.
“Our hardworking police are sick to death of arresting some young thug in the morning only to re-arrest them in the afternoon after they have been given a free pass.
“The LNP will also remove the principle of detention as a last resort for repeat young offenders after their second offence and give courts the ability to name and shame an offender after their third offence.”
Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker said the LNP would also introduce two new aspects to its youth crime strategy specifically targeting young criminals.
“The LNP will introduce a community payback scheme for young offenders convicted of unlawful entry, car theft or hooning offences,” Mr Walker said.
“These offenders will be required to undertake a community service order to show their remorse and reparation for their crime.
“This will be mandatory after their first offence – no ifs, no buts and no more excuses.
“The LNP will also provide courts with the ability to restrict a young person’s eligibility for a drivers licence if they have been convicted of certain car theft and hooning offences.”
Mr Walker said Annastacia Palaszczuk had sold out Queenslanders by putting the interests of young thugs ahead of families to secure votes with the inner-city bleeding heart brigade.
“Communities are sick to death of young offenders running riot on their streets with impunity,” Mr Walker said.
“The blame for this falls firmly at the feet of Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“Labor scrapped the LNP’s tough youth justice reforms and every single Queenslander in some way or another has paid the price for that decision.
“The LNP will not let Queenslanders forget that Annastacia Palaszczuk put the interests of young thugs and her own job ahead of them.”