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4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News Led by John "Cueball" Mackenzie

01 August 2013

JARROD BLEIJIE "WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT" CRIME FIGHTING PLAN FLACCID AND INEFFECTUAL WITHOUT JUDICIAL COMPONENT

Here's Gavin "Don't' Rape Me" King (below) posing proudly with his "Cairns Safer Streets Taskforce".  A well-meaning effort to deal with the causes of crime and the people who commit them.  The group has participating representatives from youth justice, corrective services, housing, communities, and James Cook University along with the Queensland Police Service.

Unfortunately, the effort is missing the most most important component to a "whole of government" approach - THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT.  You don't see any judges standing with this group of penguins, do you?








Not only are judges not interested in participating, they're getting increasingly agitated at the Newman government's attempt to "strong-arm" the judiciary, a pogrom being led by Attorney General Jerrod Bleijie.

Since taking power, Bleijie and Joh Bjelke Newman have taken various measures to project a "get tough" aura on crime, while accomplishing relatively little.  Bleijie in particular has continued to make a raft of bad decisions - the Cairns "boot camp" Kuranda location and inexperienced operator have left Cairns struggling to deal with youth offenders.  Bleijie has been slow to appoint new judges, in part because of his threats to interfere with judicial independence.  This has led to a blowout in judicial costs to deal with a growing backlog.  And while the Chief Justice Patsy Wolfe has stated in the annual judicial report that more funding is necessary to deal with the growing population and backlog, the Newman government has refused to even consider it.

When Bleijie was in opposition and shadow AG, he complained bitterly about the Bligh government's "dragging its feet" at appointing new judges.  And yet he now is responsible for MORE judge vacancies than ever under the ALP government, and a growing case backlog at record heights.

And more troubling is the number of criminal cases on backlog, with a larger and larger group over 24 months since the first arrest.  This is doubly unfair - for the arrested, they either sit locked up in remand waiting or on bail with a cloud over their head.  And for the victims, "justice delayed is justice denied". The Newman government efforts make for more victims without their day in court.  And the longer the case takes to get a trial, the more risk the prosecutors face with lost evidence, witnesses, and other defects.  Bleijie and Newman however refuse to address the judiciaries well-reasoned requests for more money to do their job.

More puzzling are the statistics for youth crime contained in the Childrens Court of Queensland Annual Report 2011-2012.  This report shows a 15.2% decrease in the number of juveniles coming before the Childrens Court, and a 20% decrease in the number sent to Magistrates Court.  And a 9.7% decrease in the number of charges laid by the police - so it isn't a case of more crime being committed by a smaller number of youths.  

So where is this "youth crime crisis" being flogged day after day by John MacKenzie, and waved as a political banner by Gavin King and Michael "Hide the Backhoe" Trout.  (No word in these reports on any crime spike in Yorkey's Knob as a result of the Trout family business relocation).  Some Cairns police have suggested (off-the-record) that less criminal arrests are being made due to the frustration of the police to see any rational punishments meted out.  If this is the case, the system if far more broken than anyone's willing to admit.

And then there's the question of why a "tough on crime" LNP government has gladly opened the Bligh-funded expansion of Lotus Glen Prison, but refused to staff the new section leaving unused space for hundreds.    


Gavin King's "Safer Streets Taskforce" is a carrot that cannot be successful without a stick.  And with LNP efforts at crime fighting looking to be "smoke and mirrors" with no real efforts to respond to the community, King's been left holding a sack of shit come re-election time.  
  


22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh HBW you have made an error, the paperboy is the shit

Bob R. said...

How true HBW! No-one can get "tough on crime" without an increase in government expenditure, increasing police, the judiciary, corrective services and so on. However, the LNP since being elected, have slashed and axed government services and programs like maniacal imbeciles. They talk up big, getting their propagandists like John Mackenzie to fire people up, but then do just the opposite. This has been predicted before on this blog, where people have raised the fact that there would be huge backlogs of accused people waiting for longer and longer timeframes for trials, and once the trial is over, they would have nowhere to be sent for incarceration. Such is life under the LNP government. One great big ballsup is happening.

Alison Alloway said...

It's an outright case of "not putting the money where their mouths are" Bob R. You are dead right. We can only "get tough on crime" if there is a commensurate increase in funding. The LNP are not prepared to do that. I agree with you. One great ballsup is in the process of happening.

Anonymous said...

King is thanking police on his FB for doing their job in the CBD. Isn't that what they are paid for ? Things have certainly improved in the CBD,but it has gone at the expense of the suburbs.

Anonymous said...

Short sighted voters put these lnp tricksters into power. we can blame the ministers and backbenchers for the state cairns is in but the fact is, the people of cairns voted for a paperboy, an cowboy riding horses, another bloke and the old man at the council and his useless sidekicks. the voters sent cairns back way back

Anon No. 4 said...

Hey, where's Screwball Cueball? He'd fit right in there. And Pearl, and Bill, and Col and ....

Anonymous said...

Mckenzie has got a new regular expert on everything : "Chops", a butcher from Palm Cove who was just allowed to carry on with an anti refugee rant. I might have misheard, but it sounded like he called refugees bloody "g**ks". This gets better every day. Makenzie was lapping up every word and advised "Chops" to call Alan Jones...

Vi L. Schumm said...

Today's Sun has a letter from Gavin King beating up the prospect of refugees crossing the border from PNG and whinging about the health expenditure on PNG nationals. Seems like the closeness of PNG is great when we're seeking business opportunities, bad when we have to pay a bit for health care and useful when you want to scare a few more voters. However, from what we hear about the incredible croc menace in FNQ, the refugees wouldn't risk coming here.

Jethro said...

Ah yes, the "health scare" from the refugees coming down from PNG. I read Melanie Petrinic's piece of fear mongering blatant wank in yesterdays Cairns Post. Suddenly she is talking with the Torres Strait people. Suddenly she is expressing their fears about asylum seekers escaping PNG in their thousands and bringing diseases to the Torres Straits.
If Melanie Petrinic wasn't bending down licking Murdoch's boots, Gavin King's boots, she could find the time to do something called "google research" with both her hands on the keyboard, and find for herself the two countries with the highest incidence of tuberculosis is India and CHINA. Yet Melanie Petrinic is all silent about the risk to Australians of opening up our doors to the Chinese. That is where our greatest risk of contagion is coming from. This fact has been raised in this blog before.

shanghai said...

fuck im over all charities I cant go to Smithfield without dodging one charity starts at home apparently ??? fuck cns airport what a rort whats kevin brown and ned Kelly got in common ? their both irish and robbers this is going to end badly g20 summit coming bring it on

Anonymous said...

This Government is led by an Attorney General with very little legal experience. And zero experience in the courts. He wouldn't have a clue how the judicial system works and I think the Judicial system likely thinks he is a moron. The doctrine of Separation of Powers is engrained into our National constitution and this arrogant fool has an ego only beaten by his arrogance. Yes there is some concern regarding some sentences but these are the clangers we hear of and less than 1% of cases heard. Maybe when the Attorney hits puberty he will grow up and realise that he is not capable of the job he has, he ignores everyone and has no clue. He has defunded everything from youth justice, the courts, murri court, youth justice conferencing and the NGO's, all of which are believed to have been successful. What a bunch of wankers defund the public service in preference for private sector efficiency then defund the private sector. Yet child genius.

Anonymous said...

WTF Shanghai ... did you say Ned Kelly is going to be at the G20 summit held at Smithfield ???

CityDweller said...

Ihave heard that "chops"is a resident and
resident pain in the arse to all the
other residents at the public housing
units at Palm Cove.
















Anonymous said...

Tsk tsk Jethro. If you're a Murdoch "journalist" you have your orders and good little girls and boys do their best.

Seth said...

Yeah the LNP talked tough about crime alright. Shit they yakked on and on about it for bloody years, getting their paid shock jocks like Mackenzie to rant on and on and on. Then when they get elected, they claim they have no money. Oh, except to make themselves the highest paid State members in Queensland, ever.

Anonymous said...

Oh well "Chops" the expert on Mackenzie's talkback crap program may soon find himself looking for more accommodation since the Newman Government are selling off a lot of public housing.

Anonymous said...

Chops lives in public housing ? Wonder which butcher he works for. Definitely another business to avoid. Or maybe he is just another angry pensioner with too mu

Anonymous said...

How long are we going to hear the crap mantra "we have no money because of Labor". King was going on about it on local news last night again. Obviously there was enough laying around to give themselves a massive payrise for doing stuff all for the last year and a half.

Bob R. said...

Costello's "Audit" has been widely discredited by this. Its only objective was to provide the gullible public with trumped up nonsense about the State's debts so that the LNP could enact its core values of small government, privatisation and outsourcing. Queenslanders are suckers as we have seen here in Cairns recently with the ColorRun scam. Their State assets are being fogged off, they are losing their free hospital scheme, Crown land is being sold at a rapid rate to anyone with the cash and more and more Queenslander are being dumped onto either the unemployment queues or being forced to work for a 3 month contract.

Seth said...

King hasn't got Cairns any money because he is pissweak and ineffectual as a representative. Desley Boyle and Keith deLacey had government buildings and projects going in Cairns for the entire duration of their terms in office. The hospital redevelopment now reaching completion is the results of Desley's hard work. What has King achieved?? NOTHING. A BIG FAT NOTHING. I can't wait to fuck him off and send him back to NSW with his tail between his legs. Go MAROONS!

Anonymous said...

The title 'Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King' is a real stomach turner and makes light and laughable the act of rape which for those of us who have survived such horrors are forced to contend with as the heading is mocking us and throwing abuse in the face.
Thanks for your insensitivy. It's really 'funny', being raped, isn't it.

Anonymous said...

How about Queensland's ongoing corruption where innocent persons are framed and silenced, buried under corruption?
Queensland is about protecting the abusers, protecting the perpetrators and silencing innocent people.
It will all come back to bite you.