Juvenile delinquency in Queensland: Take the 7NEWS poll to give your thoughts on the state government’s response
A Queensland supermarket boss who operates dozens of stores across the state opens his vault to security videos.
He shares the images with 7NEWS to highlight what he believes is an escalating juvenile delinquency crisis in the state.
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Prior to the report, 7NEWS gives you the opportunity to give your opinion on the Queensland Government’s handling of juvenile delinquency.
Take the survey by clicking the link HERE or using the QR code below.
New measures were introduced in Queensland last month, including raising the maximum penalty for car theft and jaunts, testing electronic surveillance of children aged 15 and over, speeding up sentencing, increasing police patrols and building two new juvenile prisons.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk also announced that breaking bail would be made a crime, a policy she repealed after taking office in 2015 and previously dismissed as ineffective.
“We are seeing an escalation in their crimes and this is a serious problem for the people of this state,” Palaszczuk said on February 21.
The state government has admitted that the proposed legislation overrides children’s rights enshrined in the Human Rights Act passed four years ago.
The big crackdown on juvenile delinquency came after mum Emma Lovell was stabbed at her home north of Brisbane and beaten by elderly man Robert Brown while he was waiting for a taxi in Toowoomba. Both incidents were fatal.
However, there was backlash to the proposals.
Queensland Bar Association’s James Benjamin KC said criminalizing bail breaches means “children can be jailed for not keeping a promise,” while Queensland Human Rights Commissioner Scott McDougall said “public concern” should not lead to it that human rights laws are overridden.
“We don’t want to set a precedent where governments decide to suspend the application of human rights law just because there is … legitimate public concern about a particular issue,” McDougall said.
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