In response to concern that police resources are being wasted on responding to parties that have become out of control, Queensland Police Minister, Jack Dempsey wants new laws introduced to give Police the power to shut a party down and jail irresponsible hosts.
We can all recall Corey Worthington, the infamous Facebook party host from Melbourne, with his dyed blond hair and big sunglasses. In 2008 his party went viral via the electronic media, with 500 revellers turning up and required scores of police including the dog squad to shut it down after considerable damage to his parent’s home and adjoining cars and property.
Last Saturday night in an outlying Brisbane suburb, police had to move in on a “gathering” as the young people now call this type of party. Attendees as young as 13, were rioting, brawling, smashing bottles and abusing neighbours. Police were forced to shut down surrounding streets as the group moved on to a different party.
Police Minister Dempsey, states that Queensland now wants to follow the lead of Western Australia, which has recently introduced legislation allowing Police increased power to enable control of this modern phenomenon.
Western Australian Police now have a website and a 1300 number where anyone can access a guide , titled ” Hosting a party for teenagers “.
This guide is available to provide information and advice for parents when considering hosting a party for teenagers, or allowing them to attend a party elsewhere. The guide is available at the “ Alcohol. Think Again. ” website, which provides numerous resources for parents about alcohol and young people.
Hosts of a party can now register online with Police, up to 28 days prior, or ring 131 444, to register.
Hosts are encouraged to act responsibly by registering, so that if trouble arises, Police have prior information they can rely on.
Registration does not mean an invitation for the police to attend. They will not arrive unless there is a specific request from the host or neighbours. The Police can issue you with a poster to display at the entry to the venue. “THIS PARTY HAS BEEN REGISTERED WITH THE WA POLICE” which can be a deterrent to any potential gatecrashers.
Under WA law introduced in December last year, a party can be declared ” out of control ” and shut down, if at least 2 people engage in criminal conduct in a gathering of 12 or more people. Organisers of unruly gatherings can face up to 12 months in jail, and a $12,000 fine.