In Queensland the state government has announced breach of bail will be reintroduced for young offenders despite it being dumped as an offence for children in 2015.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said breach of bail would be among a series of changes set to be introduced to state parliament on Tuesday in a move aimed at curbing repeat youth offenders.
It comes in response to a petition which garnered more than 150,000 signatures calling for the reintroduction of breach of bail as an offence.
Opposition leader David Crisafulli announced on Sunday his party’s proposed changes to combat youth crime in Queensland – declaring residents had “run out of patience” with the current system.
The Labor party was highly critical of the breach of bail laws when they dumped it in 2015 and only last year Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman said the laws “did nothing to reduce crime.”
The move has been criticised by civil liberties groups who have described the tough on crime approach as a “race to the bottom.”