YOUTH CRIME CRISIS
Shadow Police Minister Dale Last has today outlined the LNP’s Right Priorities to make our community safer and is demanding Labor to adopt them, as Cairns residents continue to live through the harrowing impacts of the Queensland Youth Crime Crisis.
Alarmingly, new analysis of the Crime Crisis under the Palaszczuk Labor Government has revealed in Cairns:
- Assault up 228%;
- Robbery up 227%;
- Stolen cars up 100%;
- Break-ins are up 80%; and
- Theft is up 23%.
Shadow Police Minister Dale Last said Cairns residents were fed-up with Labor’s weak laws and falling police numbers that had left the community living in fear.
“Residents right across Far North Queensland are experiencing first-hand the very real impacts of the Queensland Youth Crime Crisis, and they’re looking for answers,” Mr Last said.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s weak laws and fewer police have left the Far North to pay a high price.
“They created a generation of untouchables after watering down the laws in 2015.
“For too long, Labor has had the wrong priorities for Queensland, they’re more focused on themselves than fixing the Queensland Youth Crime Crisis.
“Only the LNP has the Right Priorities for Queensland’s Future, including making our community safer.
“We’ve been listening to Queenslanders, this is a key priority for the LNP because it is a priority for them.”
The LNP’s Right Priorities to make our community safer include:
- 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.
“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,” Mr Last said.
“Queenslanders deserve better than Labor’s chaos and crisis.”