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Australia Annastacia Palaszczuk's rival vows to enforce a youth curfew

04:51  21 october  2020
04:51  21 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Annastacia Palaszczuk's rival has vowed to enforce a youth curfew to combat crime in major Queensland cities if elected.

The premier and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington are on the hustings in Townsville on Wednesday.

Ms Frecklington unveiled her major law and order plan to fight crime, which involves trialling a curfew of 8pm in Cairns and Townsville for youths aged 14 and younger and 10pm for youths aged 15-17.

Under the scheme, parents will be slapped with a $250 fine per child found on the streets without a reasonable excuse during curfew hours.

Deb Frecklington MP et al. posing for the camera: LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has (pictured in Townsville) unveiled her major law and order plan to fight crime in the city on Wednesday morning © Provided by Daily Mail LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has (pictured in Townsville) unveiled her major law and order plan to fight crime in the city on Wednesday morning Annastacia Palaszczuk et al. posing for the camera: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured on October 18) and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington are on the hustings in Townsville on Wednesday © Provided by Daily Mail Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured on October 18) and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington are on the hustings in Townsville on Wednesday

Police will also be given the power to take youths caught breaching the rule to a community refuge until they can be collected by a parent or social worker.

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'This is about making sure that parents become responsible for their children,' she said.

'In fact everyone in our community must be responsible for the crime problem that we have here in Townsville.

'We've got to give police the powers that they need.'

The LNP leader said police will use common sense to determine whether a child needs to be taken to a community refuge if they are found out after those times.

'The police here in Townsville know who these youths are, they know the youths are laughing in the face of the police officers, they are laughing in the face of the government because Labor are soft on crime,'  Ms Frecklington said.

'Common sense will prevail. If the child is naturally doing the right thing and they are on their way home, then naturally they will be allowed to go home.'

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Deb Frecklington MP looking at the camera: LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has (pictured speaking on Wednesday morning) said police would use 'common sense' when enforcing curfew measures © Provided by Daily Mail LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has (pictured speaking on Wednesday morning) said police would use 'common sense' when enforcing curfew measures Annastacia Palaszczuk wearing a hat: Ms Palaszczuk has promised to build a second Bruce Highway, parallel to the coastal road, between Charters Towers and Mungindi © Provided by Daily Mail Ms Palaszczuk has promised to build a second Bruce Highway, parallel to the coastal road, between Charters Towers and Mungindi

Ms Palaszczuk has promised to build a second Bruce Highway, parallel to the coastal road, between Charters Towers and Mungindi.


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'A second Bruce Highway would take trucks off the existing Bruce, making it safer for communities from Gympie to Townsville,' she wrote on her Facebook page on Wednesday morning.

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'Activating an inland freight route will also reduce travel times, support jobs and increase economic activity.'

Her promise rivals an earlier pledge by the LNP to widen the existing Bruce Highway from two to four lanes for 1450km from Curra to Cairns.

Ms Frecklington's plan would cost $33 billion over 15 years, with the state chipping in $440 million annually and the federal government expected to cover the rest.

After campaigning in Townsville, Ms Frecklington will fly north to Cairns to pledge $180 million for to upgrade Cairns University into a university hospital.

'The university hospital will catapult Cairns health services into a new era, and patients will be able to get advanced treatments at this state-of-the-art facility,' she said.

a building that has a sign on the side of a road: Ms Palaszczuk has also promised funding of $67.9 million to upgrade to Cairns Hospital © Provided by Daily Mail Ms Palaszczuk has also promised funding of $67.9 million to upgrade to Cairns Hospital

'Far north Queensland has waited too long for its fair share under Labor.'

Ms Palaszczuk has also promised funding of $67.9 million to upgrade to Cairns Hospital.

She has pledged to work with James Cook University to revamp the facility so students can practise medicine there.

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Queensland's northern regional cities are being targeted by both major parties, with One Nation and Katter's Australian Party also campaigning heavily.

Ms Palaszczuk received a boost on Tuesday night, with an Essential Poll showing she enjoys a 62 per cent approval rating.

She is the third most popular premier after Western Australia's Mark McGowan and NSW's Gladys Berejiklian, according to the survey.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland said on Tuesday 228,000 ballots had been cast in pre-poll voting across the state.

More than 820,000 people have applied to vote by post.

a building next to a fence: Ms Frecklington will fly north to Cairns to pledge $180 million for to upgrade Cairns University into a university hospital © Provided by Daily Mail Ms Frecklington will fly north to Cairns to pledge $180 million for to upgrade Cairns University into a university hospital Read more

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