‘It’s got to stop’: Posting, boasting, crimes to Parl

People convicted of posting and boasting about crimes on social media could be jailed.

People convicted of posting and boasting about crimes on social media could be jailed. Photo: AAP

Anyone caught posting and boasting about their crimes on social media could face two years in prison, under the federal opposition’s proposal to tackle youth crime.

Coalition communications spokesman David Coleman will introduce his private member’s bill to Parliament on Monday.

It proposes jail terms for people who share violence, drug offences or property offences to sites such as sites such as TikTok, Instagram and Facebook for the purpose of increasing a person’s notoriety.

Any offenders could also be banned from social media for up to two years.

The bill would also give the eSafety Commissioner powers to order the removal of “post and boast” crime videos from social media and other platforms.

Coleman said it was necessary to tackle a trend among young criminals.

“We’ve seen terrible examples of videos of thugs invading people’s homes at night and of terrified occupants being confronted and accosted by criminals,” he said.

“Often this is being done for ‘likes’ on social media.

“It’s completely unacceptable and it’s got to stop.”

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics found the number of offenders aged between 10 and 17 increased by 6 per cent in 2022-23 on the previous 12 months.

Accounting for population growth, the youth offender rate has also increased from 1778 in 2021-22 to 1847 offenders per 100,000 people between the ages of 10 and 17.

While this is the first increase since 2009-10, that is because the youth offender rate has steeply declined over the previous 15 years from 3338 per 100,000 in 2009-10 to almost half that in 2021-2022.

Shadow attorney-general Michaelia Cash said the proposal would attack the problem at its source and make it illegal to post material that glamorised violence.

“Social media notoriety has become a driver of crime in our suburbs,” she said.

The NSW passed similar “post and boast” laws on March 21 that will add an extra two-year penalty for anyone who steals a vehicle or commits a break-in and shares material to advertise their crimes.

The controversial laws also make it harder for older youths to be released on bail if charged for some serious offences while similar charges are pending.


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