The Queensland Labor Government’s deficient response to North Queensland’s relentless youth crime crisis is being predicated on misleading facts and data about the severity of the situation, Katter’s Australian Party MPs have warned.
KAP Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter said since 2015 the cherry-picking of data had been Labor’s go-to response to any criticism levelled on the issue, demonstrating the huge disconnect between the Government and the communities affected.
As recently as last month Labor MPs were in Cairns spruiking a reduction in local youth crime of 13 per cent in the 12-month period to November, 2020.
In a Ministerial statement, Barron River MP Craig Crawford said the reduction was the result of Labor’s 24/7 co-responder teams, which had been rolled out in Cairns in May, 2020.
“What’s great about this $5.2 million initiative, though, is that it’s not only Cairns that’s benefited but other areas, including Townsville, Brisbane, Rockhampton and Logan and I understand it will be expanded to even more areas this year,” Mr Crawford said at the time. 
“It’s also just one part of the Palaszczuk Government’s five-point plan announced last year to tackle hardcore repeat offenders, and follows a record investment of more than half a billion dollars in youth justice reform.”
Minister for Youth Justice Leanne Linard also claimed, when queried by Mr Katter, that there was “evidence (Labor’s) reforms and investment are working”. 
“Between 2018 and 2019, there was a 13 per cent reduction in the number of youth offenders – down from 5,868 in 2018 to 5,099 in 2019 (769 fewer youth offenders),” the Minister wrote in her reply to the Traeger MP’s Question on Notice.
“Between 2019 and 2020, there was a further 16 per cent reduction in the number of youth offenders – down from 5,099 in 2019 to 4,304 in 2020 (795 fewer youth offenders).
Mr Katter said the 2019-20 year was a write-off with regards to analysing normal social data due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent state-wide lockdowns.
However Minister Linard said concerns raised about COVID-19’s impact on the data were irrelevant as “COVID-19 lockdowns occurred in only a portion of the 2019-20 reporting period”.
Even the Australian Bureau of Statistics, when detailing statistics from 2019-20 that showed youth crime rates across Australia were at their lowest recorded levels, warned that the data was compromised by COVID-19. 
Mr Katter said the news that Labor was “solving” youth crime in North Queensland was a surprise to him, and the majority of people in the region.
He said Labor was essentially playing “silly-buggers” with the facts, and that it was offensive the Government thought people wouldn’t catch on.
“Another day, and another statistic gets rolled out by our Labor MPs up here in the North or by the Ministers on George Street in Brisbane”, he said.
“I feel like the whole of North Queensland is getting ‘gaslighted’ by Labor – we tell them there’s a serious issue and we need help, and they tell us we’re wrong and find some obscure set of data to show us why.
“It’s outrageous, and we are all sick of the propaganda.”
According to official Offence Data (related to 10-17 year old child offenders), as published by the Queensland Police Service in their annual Statistical Reviews (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17) and by the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office in their Crime Report, Queensland (2017-18 and 2018-19), the realities of the youth crime crisis in Queensland are as follows:
- 2015-16: 45,329 total charges were laid against child offenders (10-17 years old)
- 2016-17: 49,741 total charges were laid against child offenders (10-17 years old)
- 2017-18: 51,050 total charges were laid against child offenders (10-17 years old)
- 2018-19: 48,786 total charges were laid against child offenders (10-17 years old).
- No data has been made publicly available for 2019-20.
Further concerning figures, from the same data sources previously referred, show there have been the following youth-related offence increases in Queensland:
- Unlawful use of a motor vehicle offences have risen by about 59.9%, when comparing the 2,133 offences reported in 2014-15 to the 3,411 reported in 2018-19
- Unlawful entry offences have risen by about 27%, when comparing the 5,056 offences reported in 2014-15 to the 6,424 reported in 2018-19
- Other theft offences have risen by about 23.4%, when comparing the 8,581 offences reported in 2014-15 to the 10,588 reported in 2018-19.
Mr Katter said North Queensland had been left uninspired by Labor’s Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021, and that he feared crime would continue to erode quality of life for all communities without drastic action.
Letter to the Editor
A heartfelt response to the article about runaway juvenile crime and to the idiots who voted for the ALP
So is the Qld Socialist Labor Government going to Reimburse all of us that have been broken into / robbed and had our cars stolen? We were lucky in a way because we had insurance to cover our car and it wasnt that badly damaged and we got it back , other poor people are not that lucky they dont get there cars back and cant afford insurance. The cost of repairs for the ute was around 8 to $9000 + we had to fork out $920.00 of our own money to pay for the excess .
Thats not counting what they took – Mob ph / $719.00 to replace / Drivers Licence 70 to $80.00 to replace / plant operator tickets have not replaced yet work bag with wallet $150.00 Dollars / small plastic bottle with $1.00 and $2.00 coins around $50.00 10 or $20..00 floating around in bottom of my bag / Bank Cards / Business cards /Spare keys for machinery ,Excavator key is over a $100.00 to replace and truck keys not yet replaced / ute keys $140.00 just for the key extra to have it cut / note book and leather cover my Granddaughter had bought me ( cant put a price on that ) to stop the notebook from getting wet when i sweat / breadboard stolen from kitchen sink / Tobacco $100.00 / lighter and ashtray / torches plus the gate POST and fence they knocked over stealing the car .Then the expense for security cameras / security lights + security alarms $300 + we were lucky we could install a lot of this stuff it has cost a lot of our hard earned money to be taken away by slimy little thieves that get a slap on the wrist and told dont do that again and released to go out and do the same thing all over again thanks to our Do Gooder Politicians SO WHO IS GOING TO REIMBURSE US not our POLITICIANS that are there to work for the people you can bet on that . We did have a second visit but the alarm scared them of but just to prove a point they didnt give a shit they stole a second ashtray out the back and another week or to later we had another visitor but she was caught on camera and has been charged with trespassing and she was well known to the police . So i reckon send these little Turds to a place like Petford and learn some respect and manners because later on in life it might be there hard earned money / cars and property that gets stolen because Karmas A Bitch Boys and Girls and this could happen to you later on in life . SO YOU POLITICIANS DO SOMETHING RIGHT FOR ONCE IN YOUR LIFE YOU LOT YOU HAVENT DONE SO FAR just destroyed our STATE OUR COUNTRY and our way of life . Dont get me going on that .
Residents demand Labor amend its soft-on-crime policies
Innocent bystanders killed during stolen car pursuits in Brisbane and Townsville
from Jim O’Toole, Townsville Bureau
Female members of the looney Labor Left got their knickers in a knot at a public meeting held in Mareeba on Friday to discuss runaway Aboriginal juvenile crime which is wreaking havoc across the Tablelands, Cairns and Townsville.
Courageously organised by Tablelands resident Bill Cohen in response to hundreds of break-and-enters, robberies, car thefts and car-jackings about 90 people turned up to voice their opinions on how to overcome the Labor Party’s soft-on-crime policy.
Cynthia Lui, the Islander Labor Member for Cook, which takes in Mareeba, naturally was nowhere to be seen.
Fortunately the popular Member for Hill, Shane Knuth, from the adjoining electorate made a great effort to catch a bus in Charters Towers and travel to Mareeba.
The intrepid Member’s vehicle was not available but he made the arduous trip anyway suspecting the invisible Member for Cook would not be there leaving the meeting with no parliamentary representation.
Apart from the fact he was asked to attend and speak about the only proven remedy for the indigenous crime tsunami. Mr Knuth has a bill prepared for Relocation Sentencing to a remote rehabilitation facility a long way from indigenous hunting grounds and their mates where they are taught respect and some hard yakka.
Queensland used to have this option for Stipendiary Magistrates until the United Nations-driven, Fabian Socialist, Labor mob of union soft-cocks changed the Criminal Code to make juvenile crime an art form.
Different speakers, most of them victims of young, out-of-control blackfellas, offered remedies from a rattan cane to incarceration in the bastille for years on hard rations and hard Labor.
Commendable recommendations no doubt but how to get the message to corporate Labor?
Parents of juvenile delinquents were targeted by speakers for not being responsible for their kids but how can they be when they are traumatised by their parents lying prostrate on the floor every night alongside empty goon casks and marijuana dumpers.
These irresponsible parents are tarring decent Aboriginal families with the same brush.
A similar meeting in Atherton held the following day resolved to ask MP Shane Knuth if he would start a parliamentary petition across the north instructing the hopeless ALP to set up remote facilities based on the famous Petford Farm model in the Far North, which is now defunct.
Facebook attacks on meeting attendees and obscene phone calls after the meeting to MP’s offices from a female member of Mareeba’s looney left, being staunch supporters of the invisible Member for Cook’s Aborigines, Cynthia Lui, have been noticed.
It is hard to understand how organisations such as Tablelands Justice Group can get handsome pay packets every fortnight but have never been able to prevent any juvenile crime for the years they have been funded.
Deaths of innocent bystanders and motorists due solely to widespread juvenile crimewaves rest solely on the heads of the brain-dead, treacherous Queensland ALP.