The state opposition has promised to lead a push for new laws to tackle rising knife crime across the Gold Coast, if elected at the upcoming Queensland election.
It comes following a series of shocking stabbings across the city in recent weeks, and the revelation that five alleged murders which occurred on the Gold Coast in the past year involved knives.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said it’s getting way out of hand and doing nothing is simply not an option.
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“Knives can maim and murder and there is no place for this violence in our communities,” Ms Frecklington said.
“More needs be done to prevent people carrying knives in the first place, not simply respond when knife crime occurs,”
Ms Frecklington today committed to asking the Queensland Law Reform Commission to review and propose new laws to empower police and protect the community.
“I will ask the law reform commission to look at new laws, including empowering police in crime hotspots with greater search powers to detect knives being carried in the community as weapons,” she said.
Targeted education campaigns to stop youths from carrying knives would also be implemented under the plan.
“The message to young people needs to be loud and clear – they shouldn’t put lives at risk,” Ms Frecklington said.
“I want to tackle this escalation in knife crime before it becomes a crisis and more families are torn apart.”
Jack Beasley was just 17-years-old when he was stabbed to death by a group of teenagers in Surfers Paradise in December last year.
He is one of five people who have been killed on the Gold Coast in the past 12 months as a result of knife crime.
Local MP for Bonney Sam O’Connor said the talented football player lost his life far too young.
“We need changes to laws and a cultural shift to stop kids from thinking it’s okay to carry a knife,” Mr O’Connor said.
“Jack Beasley should have celebrated his 18th birthday earlier this year, but he was senselessly stabbed to death.”
The teenager’s family have since established the Beasley Foundation, which aims to make necessary changes to the current youth laws and youth safety.
“The Beasley family has been through the unimaginable, but the strength they have shown to advocate for change is an inspiration,” Mr O’Connor said.
“The LNP is today making a firm commitment to back the Beasleys and deliver the changes our community is crying out for.”