Fines in Queensland will automatically rise by at least 3.5 per cent a year, under new laws passed by parliament.
Fines in Queensland will automatically increase by at least 3.5 per cent a year, a move which some opposition MPs have labelled a blatant cash grab.
But the government says the decision to increase the majority of fines for criminal and traffic offences isn’t a revenue raising exercise.
“This is not some money grab from the government,” Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie told parliament.
“The easiest way of course for people not to have to worry about that 3.5 per cent is to not commit the crimes in the first place.”
Under the new laws, passed by parliament on Wednesday night, the treasurer has the power to increase fines by more than the automatic 3.5 per cent.
Labor MP Curtis Pitt urged the government to tie the increases to inflation instead, but his motion was defeated.
Katter Party state leader Ray Hopper says increasing fines is just another way to increase government revenue.
“I never thought I would see the day where penalties and sentencing fees would become a market commodity,” Mr Hopper told parliament.
“The government should feel very proud of its success in finding yet another way to increase the cost-of-living pressures on the Queensland public.”