|CR. SCHILLING EXECUTES HIS FIRST |
And ol' Cueball has been positively brutal on the Member for MacKenzie the last few weeks as Operation Escalate ended and the CBD returned to its former state. As things tend to do when the core issues are never addressed.
"Fixing" the crime situation has been reduced to a few simple steps by John MacKenzie. These simple steps include:
"Getting Rid of the Drunks"
"Give the Communities their Alcohol back
so the drunks won't come here"
"Boot Camps for Teenagers"
"Sacking the Magistrates"
Under the unrelenting pressure, Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King is starting to upchuck nonsense he's apparently read on the internet, with little understanding of what it really means and even less understanding of what it costs. And while this matches King's obvious low level of intellect, we're hearing even educated Cairns residents starting to repeat this phrase as the new community mantra.
The idea behind "Zero Tolerance" as a crime fighting tool came from a 1982 article by two well-known New York conservatives. The "broken window" theory says: . . "if the first broken window in a building is not repaired, then people who like breaking windows will assume that no one cares about the building and soon the building will have no windows". Zero Tolerance (many believe mistakenly) redefines social problems as criminal offences. Zero Tolerance programs require a whole-of-government response - not just by police but with council officers, community groups, state ministers, and others. Zero Tolerance is very expensive crime fighting.
New York has over 35,000 police officers - Queensland, 11,000 or 1/3 the number per capita compared to New York City. A city like San Francisco has just over 2,200 police officers. While New York saw a crime decrease explained by the politicians as "the result of Zero Tolerance", San Francisco had a similar drop in crime by using Community Policing - in most ways the exact opposite of Zero Tolerance. Cairns has - well, the QPS won't tell us how many police officers. It's a secret. We're always told when the new ones arrive, we're never told when an officer leaves, or transfers, or is sacked. But whatever the number, as Operation Escalate has shown, we don't have the police numbers to sustain an even limited "Zero Tolerance" approach to crime from the QPS in Cairns.
The fact is New York NEVER had Zero Tolerance policing, but a hybrid of Zero Tolerance on livability issues with Community Policing carrying the ball for crime control. Gavin King's an idiot if he thinks otherwise. New York is a good model, but it's a model for efficient, resident-engaged policing and low prisoner incarceration. It's a model that is politically unsustainable in Australia, where police are controlled by politicians 2000 km away instead of under local control as is the norm in most of the world. And Australians are notoriously loath to overhaul anything, instead rewarding politicians for slight-of-hand government that is more magic than governance.
However it now looks like we're going to have some 1980's approach run down our throats by these political idiots. What do these pollies do on their "educational" junkets overseas? They don't seem to learn a bloody thing. And what about the rest of the system? Are they ready to pitch-in with a true "Zero Tolerance" approach in Cairns?
|THIS BUILDING OF "TOWN PLANNERS" CONTRIBUTES|
TO THE BLIGHT THAT IS NORTH CAIRNS
Firstly, there's the Council Under every mayor in the last 20 years, Cairns Council has shown little compunction to follow the "broken window" theory. They can't even repair their own shabby footpaths, street lighting, and other essential services. Under Mayor Sleepy Bob, council officers charged with local law enforcement have been cutback, and a whole host of anti-social activity is being tolerated, angering the community. Caravans parked on the Esplanade (in the CBD, in Machans, in Trinity, in Clifton). Graffiti everywhere (one estate office on Sheridan has been tagged for over a year, they refuse to fix it and so does Bob Manning's staff). Disgusting looking buildings in the CBD with landlords still extorting the highest retail rents in Australia. Nope, our Council has no political will to enforce "Zero Tolerance".
The magistrates? They're being painted by John MacKenzie as the real villains in this story, with Martin "Borman" Tenni now suggesting that the separation of powers act be rolled back. Is he mad?
Judges are already under massive political control by the party in power, via the budget. Judges in Cairns Courthouse are said to get a memo, every month, from the attorney general's office advising them of the maximum number of "prison slots" allotted to them. As pointed out last week, Lotus Glen isn't full, and has over 300 more cells coming available soon. But there is no budget for more guards and other staff, hence what's been built is more of a roach motel. This is all political control of the judges already - and Tenni wants MORE?
ZERO TOLERANCE COSTS BIG MONEY
So in the coming days and weeks when Gavin King professes to have "been to the mountaintop" and stumbles in with his "comprehensive plan for crime fighting in Cairns", everyone have a hearty laugh when he talks about "Zero Tolerance" and the New York success story. For it will be another LNP fraud.