Expect to see some of the toughest youth justice reforms in the nation if an LNP government is formed after the looming state election – That’s the word from member for Warrego Ann Leahy who says it’s time for a government that puts community ahead of criminals.
“Quite frankly businesses, home owners, police and the general public are sick to death of the small minority of youth offenders and repeat offenders who treat the justice system with disrespect.”
“The LNP make no apologies for being tough on youth crime.”
“A future LNP Government 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 policy 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.
Ms. Leahy says 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.”
“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.”
Ms. Leahy says under the proposal, courts will be provided 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.
“Communities are sick to death of young offenders running riot on their streets with impunity.”