Strengthening Community Safety Bill 2023

10th Mar 2023



The ALA has made a submission to the Queensland Parliament Economics and Governance Committee regarding the Queensland Government’s proposal for a Strengthening Community Safety Bill (2023), introduced by the Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services on 21 February 2023. Our submission notes the unacceptably short turnaround time given to stakeholders on proposals involving deeply complex issues. The ALA contends that these proposals will have an inevitably detrimental impact on the futures of vulnerable children and young people.

The ALA is strongly opposed to all suggested amendments which create a presumption in favour of depriving children of their liberty, without reference to their individual circumstances.  These proposals are in direct contravention of Australia’s international human rights obligations. We oppose the use of electronic monitoring devices, which make children on bail more vulnerable when in public, while reinforcing stigmas and entrenched views of youth. This particularly effects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, who experience the added complexity of racial profiling.

The committee tabled its report on 10 March 2023. Read more via the following links:

ALA submission | Bill | Committee report

Tags: Human rightsYouth Justice