A Tim Nicholls-led Liberal National Government will introduce tougher laws, increase police powers and empower locals to provide safe and liveable communities in North Queensland.
THE PROBLEM

Drug and violent crime is increasing because Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor are soft on crime.

Labor voted to wind back tough laws dealing with young offenders who have been running riot on the streets of North and Far North Queensland and our police aren’t getting the resources they need to keep the community safe.

Break-ins, car theft and hooning offences are out of control.

Police statistics show unlawful use of a motor vehicle has increased by 30.2% in the Far North and 18.7% across the Townsville region in the last year alone.

Labor actually blamed increasing crime rates on locals not locking their houses and cars up properly.

Enough is enough. It’s time to put community safety first and hold these criminals accountable for their actions.

OUR RECORD

In government, the LNP introduced a number of strong law reforms in 2014 that weren’t given the chance to work, although the early signs were promising.

We also made a significant investment in frontline policing, with almost 900 additional police on the beat in our term of government, two dedicated police helicopters and targeted crime-fighting resources to protect the community.

OUR REAL PLAN

A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will implement a comprehensive plan empowering North Queensland locals to reclaim their communities from criminal activity.

The North Queensland Crime Action Plan includes more resources and tougher laws to assist the police and the courts. Our plan focuses on early intervention, better policing and stronger enforcement through tougher penalties for repeat offenders.

Our $25.9 million North Queensland Crime Action Plan consists of:

1. Better Resources for Police

  • Establishing a 20 person specialist Rapid Action Patrol police squad based in Cairns at a cost of $8.6 million over three years
  • Implementing a new police pursuit policy, trialled in Townsville, focusing on car theft and hooning offences, and
  • Launching a permanent police and emergency services helicopter for North Queensland, based in Townsville, fitted with Forward Looking Infrared Camera (FLIR) technology at a cost of $10 million over four years, complementing the police pursuit policy trial.

2. Early Intervention

  • Trialling an early intervention youth rehabilitation program, coordinated by the Premier’s Department, to identify and rehabilitate at-risk young people, before they are caught up in the youth justice system, at a cost of $4 million over three years.

3. Tougher Laws

  • Re-introducing ‘breach of bail’ as an offence again for young offenders
  • Introducing a community payback scheme for young offenders convicted of unlawful entry or car theft/hooning offences to undertake a mandatory community service order to show their remorse and reparation for their crime, upon their first offence at a cost of $2 million over four years
  • Removing the principle of detention as a last resort for repeat young offenders upon their second offence
  • Re-instating the ability for a Court to name and shame a repeat young offender upon their third offence (three strikes policy), and
  • Providing the Court with the ability to restrict a young person’s eligibility for a driver’s licence if they have been convicted of certain car theft and hooning offences. 

4. Making Parents More Accountable

  • Partnering with the Commonwealth Government to ensure the parents of a child in youth detention don’t receive the welfare payments they would normally receive for their child, while that child is incarcerated in detention, and
  • Implementing Operation Townsville Safe Streets, a six month youth curfew strategy in Townsville overseen by local police and Council, at a cost of $1.3 million. The trial would affect children under 16 who are roaming the streets after 10pm at night (either by themselves or with other minors) and see them collected by police and looked after at a local emergency accommodation shelter until they can be safely returned to their parents. The shelter would be staffed with a counsellor and nurse to ensure that the wellbeing of the child was looked after, while ensuring the community was protected. Young thugs roaming the streets would soon learn that it’s not worth the risk of being caught, while their parents would be held more accountable for their actions. Part of the review of this trial will also look at dealing with issues of vagrants in Cairns and Townsville committing petty crimes and causing local disturbances.