November 23, 2023
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington has urged anyone who has been affected by youth crime to make a submission to a current State Government inquiry.
Submissions to the Youth Justice Reform Select Committee inquiry close on January 10.
Mrs Frecklington said crime had escalated and was affecting Queenslanders every day.
She blamed changes to the Youth Justice Act for creating “a generation of hardcore repeat youth offenders who know they are untouchable”.
“In 2015 the Palaszczuk Labor Government watered down the Youth Justice Act which removed breach of bail as an offence, introduced a provision that forced the courts and police to put youth offenders in detention only as a last resort, (and) removed a range of early intervention programs,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“I know you want less talk and more action.
“But with Labor Government MPs calling the Youth Crime Crisis a media beat-up, a media distortion, and only in people’s heads, they need to hear firsthand the impacts of their policies on real Queenslanders.
“If you have experienced the impacts of the Queensland youth crime crisis and would like to make a submission to the inquiry into youth justice reform in Queensland, please get in touch with me or visit Youth Justice Reform Select Committee“.