LNP candidates Michael Kitzlemann (Bundamba, left) and Ian Berry (Ipswich, right) talk with Shadow Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie outside Ipswich Court House. Jarrod Bleijie announced that under an LNP government hoon cars would be crushed if the hoon reoffended within five years of their initial hooning offence. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
LNP candidates Michael Kitzlemann (Bundamba, left) and Ian Berry (Ipswich, right) talk with Shadow Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie outside Ipswich Court House. Jarrod Bleijie announced that under an LNP government hoon cars would be crushed if the hoon reoffended within five years of their initial hooning offence. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter

We'll crush hoon cars

HOONS' cars will be crushed if they re-offend and their cars will be impounded for three months for a first offence under an LNP Government.

Shadow Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie came to Ipswich yesterday to talk law and order with LNP candidate for Ipswich Ian Berry and candidate for Bundamba Michael Kitzelmann.

Latest polls show the LNP will crush Labor in tomorrow's election and LNP leader Campbell Newman is on track to win the Brisbane seat of Ashgrove.

Labor could be reduced to as few as a cricket team in the 89-seat parliament.

Mr Bleijie said that for crime and punishment in Ipswich, the LNP was concentrating on graffiti, repeat sex offenders and hooning.

Lappers have long been a centre of contention in Ipswich, outraging business owners.

"In Ipswich particularly we are looking at hooning laws," he said.

"At the moment if someone commits a hooning offence, they get a slap on the wrist; a $200 fine or worst case scenario, they can have their car impounded for 48 hours.

"The LNP says that's not enough. Hoons kill people.

"We don't accept the proposition from these hoons that they are just having fun.

"What we're going to do is increase the penalties so the first confiscation will be for three months. If they recommit the offence within five years then their car will be crushed.

"We make no apology for that; we make no apology when people say it's their pride and joy. We're trying to set a deterrent."

He said an LNP Government would instruct the courts to force people who commit graffiti offences to clean the mess up.

"People have to start accepting responsibility for their actions," he said. "For too long in Queensland that hasn't been the case."

The LNP has also announced it would put 1300 extra police on the beat, with 1100 new officers and 200 police taken from behind their desks.

However, Mr Bleijie said it was too early to say how many of those police would come to Ipswich, saying the city would get its share.

On Tuesday, Police Union president Ian Leavers told the QT Ipswich was more likely to get the 20 extra officers a year it needed under the LNP than Labor.

Member for Ipswich Rachel Nolan said the LNP's choice of policy announcement "revealed what they really thought about Ipswich".

"For months Campbell Newman has ignored Ipswich and now at the eleventh hour they send a very junior shadow minister to talk about hoons," Ms Nolan said.

"There is more to Ipswich than lappers. The LNP are applying the worst kind of stereotype by making this just about the only thing they come to Ipswich for all campaign."



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