New laws aimed at those who profiteer from Facebook parties

NEW penalties for hosts of out-of-control parties and those profiteering from Facebook street bashes have been introduced into State Parliament.

Among the raft of proposals is a maximum one-year jail term - or a $12,100 fine - for a person who organises an out-of-control event.

Parents of rowdy gatherings could also be slugged with the hefty fine and face jail time if they allow the party to go on.

Gatecrashers prompting a party to spiral out of control and disobeying a police direction at such an event will also attract a $12,100 fine.

The legislation is part of the Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey and the Queensland Police Service's crackdown on wild parties.

While considering the fines, Mr Dempsey said the government had looked at what the party organising perpetrators were taking advantage of, including entrance fees charged to young party attendees.

The legislation also extends noise abatement powers for police.

"What has happened is police have only been able to attend and give a direction for a number of hours. Now these directions will last 96 hours," Mr Dempsey said.

"That means there will be a lot extra peace and quiet in the communities and neighbourhoods once this legislation comes in force."



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