Queensland parliament resumes on Tuesday with the Newman government furthering its crackdown on crime.
The Newman government will start 2014 like 2013 ended, pursuing a tough-on-crime agenda and with lofty economic hopes.
A fresh and fired up Premier Campbell Newman has given a back-to-work pep talk to the party’s 73 MPs before parliament resumes on Tuesday.
Setting the scene for the year ahead, he’s stressed that the government will strive to supercharge the economy and become the best performing in the nation.
“It is going to be a great year because my firm view is that it is a year it all comes together for Queensland,” Mr Newman said on Monday.
“We had to make a lot of difficult decisions, particularly in the first 12 months.
“But this year we are seeing the fruits of those difficult and tough decisions come together.”
While the speech received a standing ovation, there was no mention of the legislative agenda for the week ahead, some of which will be contentious.
Sweeping amendments to the Youth Justice Act will be introduced, which Amnesty International says could breach United Nations conventions.
Repeat young offenders would be named and shamed, criminal histories no longer be wiped clear, and juveniles transferred to adult jails when they turn 17.
One of the most controversial of the proposed changes would be to remove the emphasis of detention as a last resort.
Amnesty International says UN conventions state the arrest, detention and imprisonment of young people should only be used as a last resort.
“It is the responsibility of governments to protect the rights of children who, because of their physical and mental immaturity, need special safeguards,” spokeswoman Louise Allen says.
Also this week laws are due to be passed which will broaden police powers to crack down out-of-control parties.
The new measures – touted since a spate of wild parties last year – could see revellers hit with three years jail or fines of $18,150.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said Labor will demand all legislation be put through the committee system for full scrutiny before they come back to parliament.
That would avoid the embarrassment of the rushed sex offender laws last year which were found to be invalid.
“We don’t want to see rushed laws, we’ve seen the mess the Newman government has left us in relation to a number of laws,” she said.
On Tuesday afternoon, MPs are expected to affirm the LNP’s choice for the federal senate, former LNP treasurer Barry O’Sullivan.
The state has been without full representation since Barnaby Joyce switched to the Lower House.
Mr O’Sullivan’s promotion was delayed until he was cleared of claims an inducement was offered to Moggill MP Bruce Flegg to vacate his seat for Mr Newman.
Redcliffe residents will also be without representation for the first week of parliament, after the controversial resignation of Scott Driscoll.
A by-election will be held on February 22.