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REVEALED: Labor’s crime policy fails

21st April 2022

Statistics expose crimewave as State Government plan implodes

The State Government’s attempts to tackle the Youth Crime Crisis in Queensland has dismally failed.

One year after Labor passed its ‘flagship’ policy to crack down on thugs, crime in south-east Queensland has significantly worsened.

New analysis reveals the number of crimes committed across the south-east have soared a year after the State Government’s so-called youth justice laws were passed in Parliament.

Just three juvenile offenders have been fitted with an electronic monitoring device since the government promised courts would target hardcore youth offenders.

Shockingly, the government has admitted the failure to issue additional devices was due to an offender’s “unwillingness to comply” with the court order.

It comes as official figures show on the Gold Coast, at least nine break-ins and five cars were stolen every single day in the past month.

Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli said the figures were disturbing and proved the State Government was losing control of crime.

“These thugs are running rampant and destroying lives and businesses every day while the State Government sits on its hands,” he said.

“Labor has failed to get youth crime under control, failed to protect our community and failed to do the right thing by our children.

“The State Government get’s an ‘F’ for its failed plan.

“Our state is being hijacked by young thugs who are laughing at Labor’s soft laws.

“It’s frightening.

“Queenslanders deserve so much better than this.”

Shadow Police Minister Dale Last said the LNP had repeatedly called on the State Government to introduce breach of bail as an offence for young offenders.

“If breach of bail was an offence and a young offender broke any one of their bail conditions, the system would be able to intervene early,” he said.

“The State Government must strengthen our laws to get these young offenders off the streets.

“If the government doesn’t act now, it’s only going to get worse.”

“Queensland’s crime crisis is real.

“It cannot be ignored.

“It’s time for the Premier and the Government she leads to start listening to Queenslanders and find solutions now.”

Link to QON: https://documents.parliament.qld.gov.au/tableoffice/questionsanswers/2022/244-2022.pdf