Community safety fears as violent offender walks free
Wednesday, 28 October 2015
I have asked the Attorney-General to appeal the suspended sentence recently handed out to the perpetrator of another senseless, alcohol-fuelled, violent assault on the Sunshine Coast.
The Sunshine Coast community has been shocked by news of another violent attack on our streets and is asking how the attacker has walked free from Court with a slap on the wrist, less than a week after committing another violent assault on the Gold Coast.
Speaking in Parliament recently, I called on the Government to act now to introduce tougher penalties for alcohol-fuelled violence and to urgently fund measures to ensure the safety of the public in our popular Maroochydore night spot.
I have also met with the Attorney General to ask for urgent funding for a taxi marshal and security guard at the busy Ocean Street taxi rank following the Labor Government’s scrapping of funding for the LNP’s Safe Night Out Strategy.
The LNP Government provided funding for the Safe Night Out Strategy and was working with stakeholders to put plans in place to make sure people could go out, have fun and stay safe.
It is simply irresponsible for this Government to put these plans on hold since taking office, without putting another plan in place and I will continue to lobby for this to be urgently addressed.