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Labor’s soft-on-crime approach won’t work for South Burnett

13th March 2020

Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington is renewing calls on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to crack down on youth crime in the South Burnett.

“I have been calling on Labor to put boots on the ground and bring the crime wave in the South Burnett under control for more than two years,” Ms Frecklington said.

“This community has genuine concerns about youth crime but Annastacia Palaszczuk is failing to listen.

“Labor is soft on criminals and their plan won’t work to cut crime here in the South Burnett.

“The South Burnett deserves immediate action on youth crime but community safety in this region is clearly not a priority for Labor.

“Home invasions, vandalism and car thefts can’t be allowed to become the norm here. I’ve written to Labor’s Police Minister on three separate occasions seeking intervention and the need for a stronger police presence in Murgon and Cherbourg.

“I’ve led two petitions with more than 1200 signatures and the community has been loud and clear - enough is enough.”

Ms Frecklington said an LNP Government would change legislation to make the South Burnett and communities across Queensland more safe.

“The LNP will shut the revolving door of justice by giving our police tough new laws and the resources they need to protect people and their property,” Ms Frecklington said.

“As a priority, the LNP will bring back breach of bail for juveniles as an offence and scrap Labor’s ‘catch and release’ laws.

“No more slaps on the wrists, no more cotton gloves - there will be jail time and true consequences for criminal activity under the LNP.

“The only way to cut crime in the South Burnett is to change the government.”