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Queensland announces ‘tough new measures’ to tackle youth crime

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There will be a major overhaul of how bail is approved, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

The Queensland premier is introducing "tough new measures" to tackle youth crime.

Annastacia Palaszczuk said 48 per cent of the youth crime in Queensland is committed by 10 per cent of criminals as she announced seven changes being made.

The major change relates to how bail is approved, with the presumption of a release being granted now revoked for those who commit serious indictable offences, like break and enter or armed robbery.

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"The courts will be empowered to require repeated offenders to give reasons why they should have bail instead of requiring prosecutors to prove why they should not," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Parents and carers will now also need to assure the court that young offenders will adhere to bail conditions or it will not be granted.

"The fundamental principle of youth justice must be to protect the community from repeat offenders and we will write that into law," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Courts will also be able to issue GPS trackers to 16- and 17-year-olds in order to get bail in Morton, North Brisbane, Townsville, Logan and the Gold Coast.

People lie on the beach at Surfers Paradise beach in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Police will also be allowed hand-held metal detector wands to check for knives, especially on parts of the Gold Coast, including Surfers Paradise.

Laws will be strengthened so the registered owner of a vehicle can be deemed responsible for offences.

Owners will be exempt if the car was stolen or they can identify another driver.

A parliamentary inquiry will determine if remote engine immobilisers should be implemented.

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'Heartbreaking'

Ms Palaszczuk noted the significant impact of teen crime in the state, pointing to three recent deaths.

She passed on her condolences to the families of parents-to-be Kate Leadbetter and Matthew Field, who were allegedly killed by a teen driver in January.

She also paid respects to the family of motorcyclist and aspiring police officer Jennifer Board, who died in Townsville after allegedly being hit by a young driver.

The couple were expecting a child together.Motorbike crash Townsville

Both drivers have been charged with murder.

"It is absolutely heartbreaking and I know that every Queensland family out there feels for the tragic loss of these people," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Families have been shattered and lives have been lost, and that is why today we are taking very strong action.

New taskforce leader

The youth justice task force will be headed by Assistant Commissioner Cheryl Scanlon.

Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan said: "The community has asked for change and the government is responding. We are required to do something and we are.

"As the premier said, 10 per cent of youth offenders contribute to almost 50 per cent of youth crime.

"We are taking stronger action against them.

"They need to know that there are consequences for their action and they need to be held to account."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/queensland-youth-crime-taskforce-announced-seven-changes-to-reduce-offences-bail-conditions/1d7e6965-431f-40ee-8434-dca8549f6a78

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