Tougher laws for juvenile offenders.
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The people of Townsville and other North Queensland communities have had enough of being held hostage in our own homes by gangs of juvenile offenders that have no respect for the law or property of law abiding citizens. Repeat juvenile offenders are fronting court and being let back out on our streets by inadequate laws that allow them to repeatedly terrorise the community. The current Labour Government continues to take a soft approach on juvenile crime and ignore the rights of the citizens who live in these communities. Their latest announcement of supervised bail houses to be established in 7 communities across the state is another example of their arrogance and how out of touch they are with the people they were elected to represent. There was no community consultation and Ms D'Ath has wrongly assumed that we would all be happy and not feel threatened by the establishment of this facility in our town.
Our city currently has stolen cars, (one stolen at knife point) terrorising our streets, ramming other road users and running other vehicles off the road and police are powerless to stop the madness because the current laws don't allow them to use force to do so. As law abiding citizens we should be able to defend our family and our property without fear of prosecution.
We want to feel safe on our streets and in our own homes. It is clear that the soft approach isn't working and that harsher penalties are needed. This government must start protecting the rights of the community as a whole and stop protecting and enabling juvenile criminals to repeatedly reoffend. We demand that tougher juvenile crime laws are enacted and that our police are given more powers to apprehend them.
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