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Newman's new party pooper laws

IT WILL not be just teenagers in the crosshairs of new party-pooping laws being introduced by the state government, with parents likely to cop the punishment if a party goes into overdrive.

In January, a party in Yeppoon near Rockhampton led to four teenagers between 18 and 19 being charged with public nuisance offences after 600 teenagers rushed to a party publicised on Facebook.

Under the Police Powers and Responsibilities legislation coming to Parliament today, the LNP Government will give more power to authorities to stop "out of control parties".

To be out-of-control, the event must include 12 or more people and cause people to think they could be in danger.

Political protests, industrial action and "political advocacy" are all protected from being deemed "out of control".

The punishment for organising a riotous party risks a fine of more than $18,000 or three years in prison if police are confronted with violence when they arrive.

Otherwise, organisers, parents or gate crashers could cop 12 months in prison or a fine of $12,100.

However, if led by an underage teen, it will be their parent's facing the courts assuming they gave their approval.

Hiring security officers or shutting down the event once it begins to grow out-of-hand will act as defences in court.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the parties had put police officers in hospital and neighbouring families had "lived in fear".

He said those not at fault would be shielded from the new legislation, once passed.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said if a party is tainted by fights, property damage and disorderly conduct, the best strategy was to call Triple Zero.

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