Labor’s latest plan to tackle youth offending has proven that Annastacia Palaszczuk is totally out of touch with the community on crime, LNP leader Deb Frecklington said today.
Ms Frecklington said the Palaszczuk Government’s plan to cut youth offending by just five per cent by 2022 was pathetic.
Ms Frecklington said restorative justice programs already happen in Queensland and that Labor must urgently put the interests of victims before offenders.
“No one wants to lock up kids and throw away the keys – but young offenders need more than a ticking off to stop offending,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Youth crime is increasing and detention centres are over-flowing. We have a crime crisis and this Government clearly doesn’t have a clue.
“The target of cutting crime by just five per cent shows Labor doesn’t care about crime or victims.
“Offenders who repeatedly commit serious crime should be in detention and off the streets.
“Under Labor our detention centres have more riots than rehabilitation. That’s the problem.”
Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki said the LNP would dramatically cut youth crime.
“We would put victims of crime and community safety first,” Mr Janetzki said.
“We would re-introduce tough breach of bail laws and we would fix Labor’s youth detention centre crisis.
“If victims want to face offenders they should be able to, but if required offenders should still go to detention.
“The victims I speak to think that justice is disappearing from the justice system. They don’t want more counselling sessions, they want a justice system that works for them.”
NB: According to the Queensland Police Service Statistical Review, robberies by young offenders have increased by 36.5 per cent since Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier, car thefts have risen 42 per cent and assaults have risen 15 per cent.