Mount Isa residents can have their say on proposed new laws to curb youth crime when the Legal Affairs and Safety Committee holds public hearings on 16 March 2021.
Committee Chair Peter Russo MP is hoping for a strong turnout for the public hearings on the Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021.
"We want to hear from the people of Mount Isa about the Queensland Government's proposed laws to address recidivist offenders who represent just 10 per cent of all youth offenders, but account for 48 per cent of all youth offending," Mr Russo said.
"The Bill proposes strengthening the youth justice bail framework in a number of ways, including trialing the use of electronic monitoring devices as a condition of bail for some offenders aged 16 and 17 if they commit certain crimes in certain geographic areas and have been previously found guilty of one or more indictable offences.
"It also creates a presumption against bail for youth offenders for certain offences while on bail for an indictable offence. In addition, the Bill introduces the principle that offending while on bail or while in the custody of a parent aggravates the conduct to be considered by the court.
"In addition, the Bill proposes amendments to address the unlawful possession of knives in Safe Night Precincts in the Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise CBDs, and amends hooning laws to extend the responsibility of the owner of a vehicle to cover a range of offences unless the owner declares they were not in possession of the vehicle at the time of the offence or can identify the driver of the vehicle."
For information on the times of the public hearings, including how to register to speak to the committee, visit www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/LASC/inquiries/current- inquiries/YJandOLAB2021
The committee is due to table its report in April 2021.
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