Minister for Youth Crime Crisis: reheated Attorney-General fails accountability test

The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s reheated Attorney-General has failed her first accountability test, deflecting responsibility for the Queensland Youth Crime Crisis and point-blank refusing to fix it in Question Time today.

As Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath was personally responsible for watering down the crime laws in 2015, that has resulted in the youth crime crisis plaguing Queensland today.

In 2015, she removed “breach of bail” which produced a generation of hardcore youth criminals that repeatedly terrorise Queenslanders today.

In 2015, she enacted Labor’s “detention as a last resort” policy that put youth criminals back on our streets.

Today, she couldn’t admit her failures and she wouldn’t commit to fixing them.

Shadow Attorney General Tim Nicholls said Queenslanders were fed-up with the chaos and crisis being served-up by the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“It’s more of the same from the chaotic Palaszczuk Labor Government who are refusing to listen and unable to deliver the real reform on crime Queenslanders are crying out for,” Mr Nicholls said.

“This is the same reheated Attorney-General who removed ‘breach of bail’, giving licence to a generation of young criminals by removing all consequences for actions.

“This is the Minister who enacted Labor’s policy of ‘detention as a last resort’, which put young criminals back on the street to continue wreaking havoc.

“Today, she couldn’t admit her actions were the genesis of the Queensland Youth Crime Crisis and she ruled out fixing it.

“It’s clear Premier Palaszczuk switching the seats around the Cabinet table was about saving her political skin, not about delivering genuine change for Queenslanders.

“The LNP has put solutions on the table to start tackling youth crime, including creating consequences for actions, unshackling the judiciary by removing detention as a last resort and delivering gold standard early intervention.

“The chaos and crisis running through the Palaszczuk Labor Government has stood in the way of real reform on youth crime for too long, Queenslanders need action now.”

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