Ten years of public nuisance in Queensland

Walsh, Tamara K.E. (2016) Ten years of public nuisance in Queensland. Criminal Law Journal, 40 59-73.

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Author Walsh, Tamara K.E.
Title Ten years of public nuisance in Queensland
Journal name Criminal Law Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0314-1160
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 40
Start page 59
End page 73
Total pages 15
Place of publication Rozelle, Australia
Publisher Lawbook
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In the 10 years since the offence of "public nuisance" was introduced in Queensland, the number of people receiving penalties for that offence has increased substantially. Concerns regarding the over-representation of vulnerable people as public nuisance offenders have repeatedly been raised. Yet, in 2008, the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission said that the offence was more focused on managing the behaviour of "party people" than "street people". This paper examines the available evidence on the manner in which public nuisance has been policed, prosecuted and penalised in Queensland over the last 10 years. This evidence suggests that the standard of offensiveness set by the High Court is not being applied, particularly in relation to nuisance behaviour directed at police officers. However, an analysis of this evidence demonstrates that there is a role for the offence to play within the Queensland criminal law.
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