Repeat young offenders now face being named and shamed and a new offence for breaching bail will be legislated under reforms that will strengthen our youth justice system.
Premier of Queensland
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People have made it clear they are sick of the revolving door of repeat offending, and our reforms are seen as tough – but necessary to deter repeat young offenders. In the past year, 400 young people have been charged with more than 7,000 offences while on bail. That is unacceptable and we have to turn it around.
Under the changes, the identities of repeat offenders will be allowed to be published, making them more accountable for their actions and setting a strong deterrent for further offending. We all understand kids can make mistakes and that’s why we are still giving them a chance to clean up their act, with some reporting restrictions remaining, the continued prohibition on publishing the identities of first time offenders and Courts still having the discretion to close certain proceedings.
Forging stronger links with our trading partners creates new jobs and wealth for the state
It’s good to be home again after taking a trade delegation of Queensland businesses to the United Arab Emirates, China, Japan and Singapore. My government is working hard to open doors across the globe for our businesses, because forging stronger links with our trading partners creates new jobs and wealth for the state. The countries that we visited are among our most stable and important trading partners and their long-term commitment to our state has let us develop and grow world-class resources, education, tourism, agricultural and construction industries. We are determined to build on those strong bonds, and create new connections for Queensland businesses across the world so we have a stronger and more resilient state economy into the future.
Everyone’s Environment Grants program
We’ve also been focusing on real, grassroots work to look after Queensland’s unique environment. Hundreds of organisations around the state will be able to get on with the job of fixing weed, pest and erosion problems after receiving funds under the Everyone’s Environment Grants program.
Around $3.4 million has been invested under this round, and the money is being spent on projects such as restoring Colmslie Beach Reserve, revegetating wetlands at Pine Rivers, biodiversity programs at Eight Mile Plains and various Landcare projects around Brisbane. In coming weeks, an extension of the grants will be announced to include heritage projects across Queensland, which will help eligible owners and community groups carry out projects that support conservation, heritage interpretation, education and tourism opportunities for our state heritage places. More information about the Everyone’s Environment program is available at www.ehp.qld.gov.au.