Byrne to focus on youth crime

PARLIAMENTARY candidate Bill Byrne will outline a fresh approach to Rockhampton's juvenile crime problem later today.

Mr Byrne, the ALP's choice to replace retiring MP Robert Schwarten, will join with Ascot Hotel publican Will Cordwell to announce an innovative initiative with the aim of breaking the cycle of repeat offending.

"It is the one consistent issue that crops up in Rockhampton, no matter who you talk to. All sections or society recognise that, for whatever reason, the current system is not working," said Mr Byrne.

He will lay out a policy based on a community board of reputable local people to take responsibility for programs to keep troublemakers on the straight and narrow.

"I'm not being critical of the judiciary and I'm not suggesting we throw more money at the problem," he said.

Mr Byrne, a former soldier, said he believed in discipline and routine for young people, but did not agree with boot camps.



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