Nanango MP slams government’s ‘soft’ approach to crime
STATE Opposition Leader and Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, is again calling on the State Government to crack down on youth crime in the South Burnett.
Ms Frecklington said she had been urging the State Government for more than two years to put more boots on the ground to get the crime wave in the region under control.
"This community has genuine concerns about youth crime but Annastacia Palaszczuk is failing to listen," Ms Frecklington said.
"Labor is soft on criminals and their plan won't work to cut crime here in the South Burnett. "The South Burnett deserves immediate action on youth crime but community safety in this region is clearly not a priority for Labor.
Ms Frecklington cited a number of reasons as to why the region needed tougher penalties for criminals. "Home invasions, vandalism and car thefts can't be allowed to become the norm here," she said.
"I've written to Labor's Police Minister on three separate occasions seeking intervention and the need for a stronger police presence in Murgon and Cherbourg.
"I've led two petitions with more than 1200 signatures and the community has been loud and clear - enough is enough."
Police Minister Mark Ryan said Ms Frecklington should pay more attention to the good work police were doing in her own backyard.
"She constantly criticises police, even when they conduct specific operations to support community safety in her electorate," Mr Ryan said.
"While she complains about police, they are getting on with the job.
"Just last week, police charged 63 people with multiple drug offences as part of ongoing Operation Butza.
"Almost $240,000 worth of dangerous drug, as well as several illegal firearms and stolen property, were seized by police."
Ms Frecklington said an LNP government would change legislation to ensure residents in the South Burnett and communities across Queensland felt safer.
"The LNP will shut the revolving door of justice by giving our police tough new laws and the resources they need to protect people and their property," she said.
"As a priority, the LNP will bring back breach of bail for juveniles as an offence and scrap Labor's 'catch and release' laws. "There will be jail time and true consequences for criminal activity under the LNP.
Mr Ryan said the government was cracking down on repeat offenders to ensure they were held to account. "The law is very clear - community safety comes first," Mr Ryan said.
"The vast majority of offenders who come into contact with the youth justice system do not reoffend.
"That's why we announced a five-point action plan to tackle youth offending just this week."