Southport courthouse staff concerned for their safety

22 Jan 2016 12:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

Tensions have reached boiling point at the Southport courthouse, with staff becoming increasingly concerned about their safety.

Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek and Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker said they had been approached by long-serving staff who had seen an increase in violent behaviour.


Mr Langbroek said despite these concerns being raised with senior management, no action had been taken and he called on the Palaszczuk Government to step in and do something about it.


“All Queenslanders deserve to feel safe in their workplace and courthouses are no exception,” he said.


“It has become clear that the problem is escalating, as alleged offenders and their supporters become more volatile and lash out at police, security and other staff members.


“What is it going to take for the Palaszczuk Government to step in and do something about this problem?”


Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker said there had been several security scares at Southport courthouse in recent months.


“In November a prisoner allegedly jumped from the dock in a bid to escape, injuring three court officers, including two policemen in the process,” Mr Walker said.


“This same prisoner also allegedly proceeded to throw a pot plant at glass doors on his way out. No wonder staff are feeling increasingly unsafe.


“Clearly there needs to be more resources directed at beefing up security at the Southport courthouse, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there were other courthouses across the state that were also experiencing the same spike in violent behaviour.”

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