THOMAS GEORGE SUPPORTS NSW LEADER OF THE NATIONALS IN BID TO TIGHTEN YOUNG OFFENDERS ACT

THOMAS GEORGE SUPPORTS NSW LEADER OF THE NATIONALS IN BID TO TIGHTEN YOUNG OFFENDERS ACT

THOMAS GEORGE SUPPORTS NSW LEADER OF THE NATIONALS IN BID TO TIGHTEN YOUNG OFFENDERS ACT

22 May 2006

The Nationals' Member for Lismore, Thomas George today welcomed the news that a bill to tighten
the Young Offenders Act will be introduced to the NSW Parliament by The Nationals.

Mr George said communities throughout the Lismore electorate were frustrated with rising crime
levels and the restrictions placed upon local police officers in dealing with offenders.

"The community's frustration stems from the fact that many of these juvenile offenders are simply
let off with just a slap on the wrist," Mr George said.

"The power of police to act on these petty offences is often limited. I welcome the news that a
Private Members Bill will be re-introduced by the NSW Leader of The Nationals, Andrew Stoner,
to tighten the Young Offenders Act.

"A clear message needs to be sent to those who break the law - young offenders need to be left in
no doubt that criminal behaviour will not be tolerated and there will be consequences for breaking
the law.

"It is hardworking families, businesses and the wider community who are forced to foot the bill for
these petty crimes - including graffiti and smashed windows."

Mr George said the Bill, if supported by Labor, would amend the Young Offenders Act to: Allow only one warning and one caution to be given to a young offender; and
Require parents to be notified when a young offender is warned.

"Labor's current legislation allows for an unlimited number of warnings and three cautions," Mr
George said.

"On past occasions when Mr Stoner has put this Bill forward, it has been voted down by the Labor Government.

"If Labor really are serious about reducing crime and addressing the issue of young people
committing crimes, I call on them to support this Bill."

Mr George has launched a petition calling on the Carr/Iemma Labor Government to provide more
police to rural and regional NSW.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577