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Crime Victims Demand Change

6 November 2023

Opposition listens to Sunshine Coast victims at community crime breakfast

Brave Queenslanders affected by the crime crisis have shared their harrowing stories and demanded the Palaszczuk Labor Government take immediate action, during a community crime breakfast hosted by the LNP Opposition on the Sunshine Coast today.

Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli and LNP candidate for Noosa Clare Stewart listened to local crime victims and outlined the Opposition’s priorities to make our communities safer, including:

*Increasing the number of police on the beat through retention and attraction

*Restoring consequences for action

*Removing detention as a last resort to ensure judges can impose sentences that reflect community expectations

*Diverting young lives from crime by reforming Early Intervention programs

*Fixing the broken Child Safety and Residential Care System

Mr Crisafulli said Sunshine Coast locals were sick of living in fear.

“The stories we heard this morning were raw and deeply moving,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“Families have been terrorised in their homes and businesses have been repeatedly targeted.

“The frustration with the lack of action from the Labor Government is real.”

Acting Shadow Attorney General Deb Frecklington said Queenslanders were paying a high price for Labor’s weak laws and falling police numbers.

“It’s not good enough and Queenslanders deserve better,” Ms Frecklington said.

“That’s why making our community safer is a key priority of the LNP because it is a priority for Queenslanders.

“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.

“We will continue to listen to Queenslanders and fight to combat crime.

“Queenslanders have experienced more violent crime from youth offenders who have no fear of consequences for their actions.”

Shadow Minister for Police Dale Last said there were 204 fewer police officers on our streets under Labor.

“Weaker laws and fewer police, is it any wonder we’re in the middle of the Queensland Crime Crisis?” Mr Last said.

“Labor has created a generation of untouchables after they watered down the laws in 2015.”

LNP Candidate for Noosa Clare Stewart said the Sunshine Coast wasn’t immune to the Queensland Crime Crisis.

“More and more local families are coming forward with horror stories,” Ms Stewart said.

“After nearly nine years in office, the Palaszczuk Labor Government has stopped listening to Queenslanders.”