Dametto’s Castle Law Petition Gains Rapid Momentum

Hinchinbrook MP and KAP Deputy Leader Nick Dametto.

8 May 2024

A parliamentary petition launched in conjunction with the introduction of the Criminal Code (Defence of Dwellings and Other Premises—Castle Law) Amendment Bill 2024 (the Castle Law Bill) has gained over 12,000 signatures in less than a week, signifying remarkable public support for the proposed law change.

Hinchinbrook MP and Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) Deputy Leader Nick Dametto said the overwhelming response to the petition, that was climbing by thousands, reaffirmed the severity of the community’s concerns about crime and their own personal safety.

“Everyone deserves the fundamental human right to defend themselves and their loved ones from harm, especially within the confines of their own home and they should be able to do so without any hesitation of the consequences,” Mr Dametto said.

“I’d say the Castle Law Bill and the supporting petition has resonated with a lot of Queenslanders because they are feeling vulnerable and powerless when it comes to crime.

“It is clear the State Government is not doing everything in their power to protect the community and people are feeling abandoned. This bill gives people greater assurance that they can make a split-second decision when needed and defend themselves or their loves one by using any force necessary without legal repercussions.

“Recently, a parliamentary petition with over 20,000 signatures halted the State Government’s intentions to amend the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006, which would have adversely affected those wishing to home educate across Queensland. With enough support, it was clearly demonstrated that the voting public can have a strong and profound effect over the elected members of this state.

“I strongly urge all Queenslanders who support the Castle Law Bill to make sure their views are heard. Together, we can send a clear message to the parliament, our law makers, that the community must come first and if that means some criminals come off second best then so be it.”

To sign the parliamentary petition in support of the Castle Law Bill, please visit: https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/Work-of-the-Assembly/Petitions/Petition-Details?id=4077

Submissions on the bill will be open until 10am on July 2, 2024, providing an opportunity for individuals to express their support and contribute to the future pathway of the Castle Law Bill. The link to the bill and submission information can be found here: https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/Work-of-Committees/Committees/Committee-Details?cid=250


Nick Dametto MP