Youth crime... what is the solution?

Crime, and especially youth crime, is an issue that is raised with me every day, no matter where I am.  As you know, I believe that Breach of Bail as an offence for young offenders is an important step that should be taken.

As it stands today, a young offender can be granted bail with specific conditions.  It could be that they need to be home between certain times or that they are not to associate with certain people.  Right now, and even if the Youth Justice amendments are passed, these offenders cannot be held accountable for breaking the conditions of their bail.

Many Police Officers have told me that they see these offenders breaching their bail conditions, sometimes on the very same day they have been bailed.  However, the police are powerless to act and there are no consequences for the offender.

The government's amendments, basically say that we should wait for a convicted offender to commit another serious offence before acting.  There are many problems with the current system of bail but, if an offender is given bail, I cannot see the point of putting conditions in place for them to simply thumb their nose at them.

I would love to hear your thoughts when it comes to Breach of Bail.  Please click the link below to have your say.  It will, literally, take 30 seconds.



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Who is Dale Last?

Growing up amidst the cane fields of Bundaberg, Dale Last has a family background in the sugar and cattle industries so relates to the issues facing our farmers.

Dale also spent 25 years as a police officer at various rural and remote stations throughout Queensland prior to his appointment to the challenging role of Officer in Charge of the Townsville Police Station – a position he held from December 2000 to March 2008, when he was first elected to the Townsville City Council.

As a former Councillor and Deputy Mayor with Townsville City Council, Dale understands the issues important to the thriving Burdekin electorate.

He was also Emergency Management Queensland Area Director, overseeing the regional disaster management programs and SES support program for Charters Towers and Palm Island councils.

Operating his own small business for the past eight years, Dale believes small business is the backbone of Queensland’s economy and needs to be supported to ensure local communities flourish.

Prior to his election to State Parliament on 31 January 2015 as the Member for Burdekin, Dale was regional manager of an employment services firm delivering remote jobs and community programs in Townsville and Palm Island.

With a young family, Dale understands the cost of living pressures facing families, especially those with single incomes.  He would also like to see greater housing affordability and greater security for pensioners and retirees.

Dale Last is strongly focused on delivering for North Queensland. Together with his LNP colleagues, Dale is committed to growing the economy across all sectors; revitalising front line services; helping small business; increasing investment in roads and infrastructure in the north; and jobs, jobs, jobs.

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