LNP backs police chases to stop ‘hoons’
LNP leader Tim Nicholls has denied putting politics ahead of lives after announcing he would revive Queensland’s dangerous police car-chase policy to stop Townsville kids “hooning” and “doing burnouts”.
The policy saw 10 people killed in just three years.
Mr Nicholls announced a sixmonth trial of the policy in Townsville, which has three marginal Labor seats. Youth crime is a major issue in the area. In 2010, then-coroner Michael Barnes oversaw a landmark inquest into the deaths of 10 people who died following police car chases. His findings saw chases effectively banned except when the driver was involved in a murder or was an imminent threat to life.
Mr Nicholls yesterday insisted he had taken seriously Mr Barnes’s report but said we should have “more trust in our police”.
Both Labor and the LNP yesterday promised to boost police numbers in the next term by 535 officers.
The LNP said this would cost $108m, while Labor said its numbers would include a counter-terrorism unit with 85 new police officers and specialists at a cost of $53.8m for the specialist unit.