|TRUST YOUR YOUNG BOY WITH THIS GUY?|
And yet there has been little to no explanation of why, with a massive police intervention, the Guest farm was closed and the children (young boys generally 12-15 years of age) were taken away by the Beattie Queensland government in 2002.
Closure of the Guest farm was in fact the #1 recommendation of the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions.
That the Department continue to give effect to the recommendation of the Daffen Report 1998 that funding to Petford Training Farm as a residential facility for young people be terminated.
Much of the critical issues in the report were deemed confidential and have never been released to the public. However it should be noted that the Queensland government provided "compensation payments" to those victimised at the camp, without ever disclosing the reasons for these payments.
After the Petford Training Farm was closed, MacKenzie led a vociferous attack against the government for closing this facility, painting Geoff Guest as a "victim". And the next time Cueball had Peter Beattie in the interview chair, he asked Beattie to explain, and was told in no uncertain terms that the government had adequate evidence to close the facility. MacKenzie was also said to have been counseled privately on the issue, and Geoff Guest disappeared from the list of frequent callers.
Until now, with the LNP in the captain's chair.
We've also been counseled about the issues surrounding the closure. In fact one social worker close to the investigation has suggested that only his age at the time (76) kept him from being charged and jailed. What is being covered up?
And now MacKenzie, who today famously announced that Cairns now has over 1300 "drunks and criminals from the communities" living rough in Cairns, is again promoting Geoff Guest as having a solution for the growing crime problem with young people in Cairns. And why after being clearly told the reasons for the closure is John MacKenzie again promoting this individual, essentially participating in the coverup?
If Geoff Guest is going to be rehabilitated and embraced by Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King and the LNP, the public deserves to be told what caused the sudden closure of the Petford Training Farm and the payment of compensation to some unknown number of young boys resident at the location.