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Powell Media Release – Tougher laws on out of control parties (14 February 2014)

The streets of Glass House will be safer with new laws that punish the organisers of out of control parties passing State Parliament this week.

 Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the new legislation would crack down on wild suburban parties that often lead to senseless violence and property damage as they spilled into the streets.

 “Residents and police in Glass House are fed up with these parties, often advertised on social media sites like Facebook, that spiral out of control,” Mr Powell said.

 “These new laws will target those who try to profiteer from the young people in Glass House, by holding these unsupervised parties with little regard to the safety and security of guests, the neighbourhood or police.”

 Under the new laws, a person who organises a party that becomes an out of control event, their parents or gate crashers face a maximum penalty of 12 months jail or $12,100.

 If police face aggravated and violent circumstances when shutting down wild parties, the party organisers may face fines up to $18,150 and three years in prison.

 Police Minister Jack Dempsey said that under the new laws, people who were not at fault would still be protected.

 “We understand that sometimes the organisers of out of control parties are completely innocent,” Mr Dempsey said.

 “So, the Bill provides a defence for a person who has taken reasonable steps to ensure the event does not become out of control, or where a third party has caused the offence.”

 Mr Powell said the new laws are all part of the Newman Government’s commitment to make Queensland the safest place to raise a family.

 “We promised to deliver an additional 1,100 police officers over four years and we already have more than 600 of them working hard in Queensland.”

 The QPS will launch a social media campaign targeting young people to educate them on the new laws. 

 For tips on how to responsibly plan a party visit the QPS website at www.police.qld.gov.au.

  -ENDS 13 February 2014

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