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Retain and strengthen laws to address youth crime in the State of Queensland

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Tracey Bannerman
PO Box 1198

Total Signatures - 2581

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 6/01/2016

Closing Date: 15/02/2016

Tabled Date: 16/02/2016

Responded By: Hon Yvette D'Ath MP on 17/03/2016

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the rise in youth crime, with offences ranging from assault, to break and enter and vehicle theft.


Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to retain and strengthen existing laws - introduced by the previous LNP state government - dealing with youth who commit offences, including:


a)  the retention of naming and shaming laws;

b)  an offence for breach of bail;

c)  making all youth criminal histories available in adult courts to give a Magistrate or Judge a complete understanding of a defendant's history;

d)  removing detention as a last resort; and

e)  transferring youth offenders to adult correctional centres when they reach 17 years of age if they have six or more months of their sentence remaining.