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54% increase in unlawful entry

15 January 2024

Labor’s weak laws
spark unlawful entry surge

Queensland endures worst numbers in 17 years


Queenslanders terrorised in their own homes and businesses reached alarming levels in 2023, with pressure mounting on the State Labor Government to put victims first.

It is the first time in 17 years nearly 50,000 unlawful entry offences were recorded across Queensland last year, in another sign the crime crisis was getting worse.

Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli said unlawful entry offences have increased by 54% since Labor took office in 2015.

“Queenslanders are growing tired of the State Government claiming we have the toughest laws in the country,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“Labor’s weak laws aren’t working and Queenslanders are sick of being ignored.

“Despite all the media releases, denials, dot point plans and Ministerial reshuffles, Queenslanders can no longer trust Labor to get tough on crime.

“Communities have been torn apart. Queenslanders are living in fear and the State Government has stopped listening.”

Shadow Minister for Youth Justice and Victim Support Laura Gerber said victims don’t feel supported.

“The rights of the perpetrators are put ahead of the rights of the victims,” Ms Gerber said.

“When Labor watered down the Youth Justice Act in 2015, it created a generation of untouchables.”

Shadow Police Minister Dan Purdie said it’s clear Labor is in chaos and crisis.

“Labor has the wrong priorities and don’t take youth crime seriously,” Mr Purdie said.

“Only the LNP has the right priorities for Queensland’s future, including making our community safe.

“The LNP has put solutions on the table to start tackling Queensland’s Youth Crime Crisis, including creating consequences for actions, unshackling the judiciary by removing detention as a last resort and delivering gold standard early intervention.”

Unlawful Entry – QLD
Year Offences
2015 32,433
2022 47,571
2023 49,904
% Increase since 2022 5%
% Increase since 2015 54%


Source: Queensland Crime Statistics – Queensland Police News (