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All convictions should be recorded

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Jennifer Horsburgh
30 Almond Court

Total Signatures - 364

Sponsoring Member: Jann Stuckey MP

Posting Date: 9/08/2010

Closing Date: 9/02/2011

Tabled Date: 16/02/2011

Responded By: Hon Paul Lucas MP on 18/03/2011

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House that many convictions are not recorded.  If the offender re-appears, they seem to have no prior convictions and so that conviction too may not be recorded.  This can happen multiple times encouraging relatively minor offences (eg. vandalism, graffiti) to escalate into much more serious ones (eg. throwing concrete blocks at cars or trains).  This could be prevented with early intervention when a pattern of such behaviour is recorded and suitable punishment given.  If offenders continually get away with it, they seek more "fun and thrills".
Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to amend the law so that all convictions are recorded, thus forcing judges to give priority to future innocent victims, not offenders.