The State Opposition is calling for tougher youth justice laws after it was revealed up to forty youths were involved in a frightening brawl at Coomera train station this week.
The fight, which erupted between two different groups of juveniles, broke out at the railway station around 3.30pm on Thursday.
It’s understood the violent brawl, reportedly involving knives, may have been sparked over stolen property.
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So far no complaints have been made, however, a 14-year-old boy has been charged with public nuisance.
LNP Leader David Crisafulli said the incident is the result of the State’s youth justice system, which “doesn’t hold youths accountable”.
“This is the Gold Coast, it’s not the Bronx. To see images of kids walking around care free with a knife, that should send shivers up the spine of everyone who lives here.
“Until we have consequences for actions, until we have breach of bail restored as a criminal offence in this state, you will continue to have youth thugs acting with absolute immunity.
“That has to change, no one deserves to go to a train station and see some young thug walking around with a knife in their hand like that”.
Mr Crisafulli said it’s about time repeat juvenile offenders are properly punished for their crimes.
“We have a group of hardcore repeat offenders and they are the revolving door of the youth justice system,” he said.
“Time and time again they continue to offend, and time and time again they get put back out onto the streets.
“And time and time again police cant hold them accountable for breaching their bail conditions, and that needs to change.
“We will continue to ask for that to change, because that’s what police on the frontline are telling us, and that’s what the community are telling us”.
Investigations into the train station brawl are continuing, with further charges possible.