Here at the Hillbilly Watch Blog, we're philosophically opposed to the "party" system as it's currently being represented to the citizenry. The stunningly piss-poor performance of the MP's for Cairns, Barron River, Cook, and daddy's little boy in Mulgrave, while being the government in power for over ten years is proof positive that we need another direction. This isn't working for us.
Then the opposition LNP party proffers to us a brain dead charlatan, who's personal ethics include hating women, Catholics, and aboriginals, along with the infirm, the impotent, and the immoderate as their response to our political isolation! Cairns voters are starting to understand why we're in for the rough end of the stick no matter which party we support.
So we were excited to hear this morning that ex-copper D.J. "Darren" Hunt, essentially an independent who's saddled up with the Katter mob, released his "Eight Steps to Address Crime in Cairns". Finally, we thought we were about to get some real policy, and real sensible steps to address the growing crime issues so important to a tourist-centric economy.
Darren. Seriously, mate. Eight steps? This ain't a policy, mate. More like Eight Platitudes. Eight Slogans. Eight Hallucinations. Eight Bumper Stickers. Do you think we're all as stupid as Bob Katter?
1. Put the community first. WTF?
2. Get rid of the current government. Duh.
3. Legislative reform of the bail act. What reform? For what reason? Lower bails for criminal MP's?
4. Legislative change to parole in general. Why? For what reason?
5. Ensure crimes get penalties that meet community expectations. What expectations? John MacKenzie and his Division 6 candidate Barry Neale want aboriginal parkies to get the death penalty. Is that the community who you're reflecting?
6. Cease the waste of money on things that don't work, and use it on things that do. D.J., you been eating wild mushrooms?
7. Provide those in jail with "meaningful study/employment programs". So you're squarely in the "rehabilitation" camp, and opposed to the "punishment" of crims? Sure you don't want a job in the ALP?
8. Implement a "prisoner incentive scheme". Sounds like an expansion of the "country club" system of jails. Or is this more like Qantas points and a catalog filled with fabulous prizes?
How is any of this going to fight crime? Admit it, Darren - you just pulled this out of your arse, didn't you? Didn't even bother to turn the spell-check on.
A real policy looks something like this. Sorry, I've got ten. Get a notepad, mate.
1. Eliminate state control of police, which should be a local council function. This will eliminate the current wholesale movement of police around the state like dominos, and stop the current politically-driven policy of putting well-performing police management in the Brisbane area, and moving the inexperienced, duds, and defectives to the regional areas. Local management of local police.
2. Guarantee the Cairns CBD has full-time foot patrols, and on-demand bicycle patrols, being done by the same teams of police, so that they get to know the merchants AND the troublemakers.
3. Reassign traffic police from most ineffective speed control money-raising schemes to the known death-causing traffic issues - with capture and incarceration of drink drivers the primary accident reduction issue. And get all the fuckers blocking the right lanes at 70k, texting on their phones.
4. Introduce changes that require judges to stand for public election at regular intervals in their local judicial districts. Eliminating bleeding heart "everyone gets time served" judges like Sarah Bradley will ensure judges reflect the local community standards, or get removed.
5. Remove cable television, internet access, and other luxuries from the jails. The only path to sentence reduction is work.
6. Juvenile property crimes require as part of their sentence full compensation to the victims by the criminals and their parents or legal guardians with the offenders named.
7. Juvenile crimes of significant violence, or repeat violent offenders, tried and sentenced as adults.
8. The "secrecy" of the police and courts be eliminated. Police departments around the world routinely publish their daily "blotter" of police activity, showing ALL the jobs they've been called to, and the resolution. Transparency in the crime fighting by our police will allow residents to be fully informed of crime trends instead of the current blanket of secrecy that the public is subjected to by the police.
9. Encourage police recruits to come from the ranks of retired military, as they are in many countries around the world. They've already learned discipline, group dynamics, protecting their mate, and won't take shit from anyone. With a change in recruiting policy, police assaults by the public will go down.
10. Left-turn on red light. Peter Beattie promised this to us ten years ago.
We had such high hopes for you, and you let us down, Darren. Bob Katter's a moron. Doesn't mean you have to be, too. Give it another go.
|FROM THE DARREN HUNT WEBSITE|