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And their "benchmark for success" has been the preparation for employment by the companies that subsidise their operations. This would seem to be very different than taking criminals with long rap sheets and breaking their will to commit crimes.
And indeed, the previous Minister for Indigenous programs Mark Arbib saw fit to remove funding from Beyond Billabong due to failure to meet goals. The Curran office is said to currently have two employees, one of which is Curran himself.
And the Curran office in in Brisbane - so much for a "far north Queensland" solution. But Member for MacKenzie Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King has zero influence now in the LNP government.
Of special concern is the philosophy that Curran told to MacKenzie during an interview. A philosophy that flies in the face of MacKenzie's observation that Cairns is suffering with a "tidal wave of crime".
"MENTORING WITH CARE AND LOVE"
With most of the hillbilly callers to the radio program continual demanding a "hard line" approach to this problem, MacKenzie's failure to challenge the Minister or Boyd Curran about how this philosophy was breathtaking.
When asked about "success stories", Curran hemmed and hawed - knowing full well that their experience with volunteers has little relevance to the criminals he's about to welcome. Curran also didn't take the MacKenzie bait to laud praise on the disgraced Petford facility. Like most in this field he knows full well what led up to the Queensland government shuttering Petford.
More soon. . . .