Not much different than the "talents" that are pushed over the television on X-Factor, Australia's Got Talent, The Voice, and other television fluff. Delta Goodrem, so talent-less that she can't even get a crowd in a shopping mall to watch her lip-sync, is "judging" other Australian singers?
You can't make this shit up.
So in Cairns today, we salute a REAL HERO. Ms. Charm
|CATCHING CRIMS? NO, HIDING IN THE BUSHES|
Quayle, a Kiwi migrant to Australia, is a very talented folk singer - and we don't need Delta to tell us that.
But Quayle is now a hero to the Queensland motoring public for taking actions to right a wrong. While traveling down Aeroglen Drive, she (too late) saw a member of the Queensland Police "Service" hiding behind a tree using their toll collection device on Cairns motorists. A toll collection device also known as "speed radar".
She returned to the location and parked her car in a position that apparently made this police revenue raising operation more difficult.
She wasn't parked illegally, however.
We call it police abuse.
If there was a human rights lawyer worth his salt in Cairns, they'd grab this case and help this poor woman. About as likely as pigs flying, knowing the level of legal talent in this town.
Local QPS apologist Senior Constable Russell Parker said: "There is nothing to be gained by abusing police on the side of the road. . ." Nothing to be gained? It's called FREE SPEECH, Bozo. Despite the lack of an Australian Bill of Rights, free speech and freedom of expression are actually supposed to be concepts that are recognized for Australians. I guess Quayle thought that the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act (NZBORA) would be applicable here.
Opposition to the abusive use of speed cameras and the blatant revenue-raising campaign by the Palaszczuk Government is growing. Cairns has had a Facebook page SPEED CAMERAS CAIRNS that calls out the hiding locations of these grubs. Most communities in Queensland now have similar information available.
Quayle articulates clearly the issues that surround the abuse being inflicted on the motorists by this $300M-per-year rort. Little enforcement of the rampant drink and drug driving while coppers are diverted to this revenue-raising. The vast majority of these fines note being used for a new teenage driving school requirement, and refreshers for the rest of us. Most importantly, Quayle points out the Police massive loss of respect by the public and taxpayers towards the police.
That's why Quayle was mad. She said what we all know and say PRIVATELY. It's sad only that a Kiwi had the cajones to do what we ALL should be doing. Fighting back. If everyone asked for a trial on these bullshit hiding-behind-a-bush tickets, the courts would grind to a halt.
Civil Disobedience is good. The QPS using a vague law to bully Ms. Quayle is abhorrent.
And don't give us any bullshit about "following the speed limits". In the 12km between the city and Palm Cove, the speed limit changes 37 TIMES! This a similar situation all across the region. This is a consequence of roads that are poorly designed and speed limits are used to avoid infrastructure improvements. The "bandaid" applied by Michael Trout and Gavin King to build huge kerbs at the Cook Hwy roundabouts flipped a B-Double yesterday. The usual reaction of the police? Let's lower the speed limit some more!
Kudos to our Hero of the Day! Charm Quayle.