One continual lie continually repeated by John "Cueball" MacKenzie to attack the previous Bligh government as well as former Mayor Val Schier was that "the cameras aren't monitored, and as a result they're only used after a crime has occurred.
We were advised by the Queensland Police months ago that they advised MacKenzie that this was untrue. He persisted in the lie.
Mayor Schier's office advised MacKenzie that this was untrue. He persisted.
When an incident at Ipswich that police caught "in the act" was pointed to as "how a good mayor uses the camera system", we understand Paul Pisale told the media that the police turned up as part of their routine and not as a result of the camera. MacKenzie, undaunted by the facts, continued his attack on the Cairns Council and the camera operations in the CBD.
However today we find out that a sexual assault of a teenager by a previously convicted rapist and felon was stopped during early morning hours by - THE CBD CAMERA SYSTEM AND THE COUNCIL EMPLOYEE MONITORING IT! As John MacKenzie has been told all along!
And this incident occurred on February 5, 2012 - long before either the state or council elections.
Richie Bates has commented that "a lot of people think the CCTV footage is only useful the crime has been committed, but it's being used proactively as well and these cases prove it". And yet Bates allowed MacKenzie to repeat this falsehood earlier this year during a phone call, and the incorrect information was perpetuated still further.
The victim of this crime, said in the record to have been "intoxicated", was apparently not aware of the "special" sexual assault policy in Cairns set by our new MP Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King. We're all waiting for King's attack on this victim who in his sickening, twisted view should be held partially responsible for her own attack. What did she do wrong, Gavin? Drinking in a licenced establishment - wasn't she safe there? Letting a sexual predator talk her into leaving? Please oh please Gavin, tell us how this teenage girl was "partially responsible" for this incident!!!
In due course King's own daughter will be of drinking age; let's hope he at least holds some compassion for her. He surely doesn't care about cases like this.