Letter to the Editor
A heartfelt response to the article about runaway juvenile crime and to the idiots who voted for the ALP
So is the Qld Socialist Labor Government going to Reimburse all of us that have been broken into / robbed and had our cars stolen? We were lucky in a way because we had insurance to cover our car and it wasnt that badly damaged and we got it back , other poor people are not that lucky they dont get there cars back and cant afford insurance. The cost of repairs for the ute was around 8 to $9000 + we had to fork out $920.00 of our own money to pay for the excess .
Thats not counting what they took – Mob ph / $719.00 to replace / Drivers Licence 70 to $80.00 to replace / plant operator tickets have not replaced yet work bag with wallet $150.00 Dollars / small plastic bottle with $1.00 and $2.00 coins around $50.00 10 or $20..00 floating around in bottom of my bag / Bank Cards / Business cards /Spare keys for machinery ,Excavator key is over a $100.00 to replace and truck keys not yet replaced / ute keys $140.00 just for the key extra to have it cut / note book and leather cover my Granddaughter had bought me ( cant put a price on that ) to stop the notebook from getting wet when i sweat / breadboard stolen from kitchen sink / Tobacco $100.00 / lighter and ashtray / torches plus the gate POST and fence they knocked over stealing the car .Then the expense for security cameras / security lights + security alarms $300 + we were lucky we could install a lot of this stuff it has cost a lot of our hard earned money to be taken away by slimy little thieves that get a slap on the wrist and told dont do that again and released to go out and do the same thing all over again thanks to our Do Gooder Politicians SO WHO IS GOING TO REIMBURSE US not our POLITICIANS that are there to work for the people you can bet on that . We did have a second visit but the alarm scared them of but just to prove a point they didnt give a shit they stole a second ashtray out the back and another week or to later we had another visitor but she was caught on camera and has been charged with trespassing and she was well known to the police . So i reckon send these little Turds to a place like Petford and learn some respect and manners because later on in life it might be there hard earned money / cars and property that gets stolen because Karmas A Bitch Boys and Girls and this could happen to you later on in life . SO YOU POLITICIANS DO SOMETHING RIGHT FOR ONCE IN YOUR LIFE YOU LOT YOU HAVENT DONE SO FAR just destroyed our STATE OUR COUNTRY and our way of life . Dont get me going on that .
Police and Civil Liberties Council at a loss in how to deal with rampant indigenous youth crime:
Petford Farm program should be reinstated, demands Federal Member Warren Entsch
by Casey Briggs, ABC and Cairns News
A police operation to photograph and question unsupervised children on the streets of Mount Isa is illegal and should be stopped, according to civil libertarians.
Queensland’s Civil Liberties Council will ask the state’s privacy commissioner to investigate the operation, as politicians suggest the initiative could be expanded to other regional cities.
As part of Operation Tucson, children wandering the streets in the north-west Queensland mining town are being stopped, photographed, and in some cases driven home by Queensland Police Service (QPS) officers.
Officers record the child’s name, address, clothing and where they are going.
Queensland Civil Liberties Council vice-president Terry O’Gorman said he will send a submission to the Privacy Commissioner tomorrow morning, asking them to investigate.
“Police do not have the power, and should not have the power, to willy-nilly walk down the street, take photographs of people and put them on the major Queensland Police Service database,” Mr O’Gorman said.
“Stopping children, particularly Aboriginal juveniles, in the street at 2 o’clock in the afternoon simply to ask them what they’re doing is beyond the law, it’s illegal and it should be stopped.
“It’s also very bad for juvenile and police community relations.”
Mr O’Gorman is concerned about how the photographs will be used by the QPS.
“They must be being put on a police database: that’s the equivalent of these youths, many of whom have never committed a criminal offence, having a criminal record,” he said.
In the three weeks the operation has been running, officers have stopped children 500 times.
Queensland Police said the photographs will be kept confidential, and won’t be shared with other agencies or bodies.
“We respect the rights of individuals, and most times people are very supportive and cooperative of what we do,” said Acting Assistant Commissioner Kev Guteridge.
“We’ll try and link [the data] back to other offences that may have been reported to identify those people as either offenders in other offences, or more importantly clear their name if they weren’t responsible.”
“We’re out there trying to protect the community — if there was anything sinister involved we certainly wouldn’t be involved in that.”
Meanwhile the Member for Leichardt, Warren Entsch has called on the State Government to reinstate the highly successful Petford Farm program which operated west of Cairns for three decades.
Petford Farm program developer Geoff Guest OAM, over 30 years has successfully rehabilitated more than 3000 youths and older visitors with his ground breaking program which breaks the substance abuse cycle.
Former Labor Premier Anna Bligh withdrew funding for the Petford facility 10 years ago because she believed Mr Guest and wife Norma’s methods were too harsh.
The Petford program has long been supported by Professor Ernest Hunter, former head of the Indigenous Mental Health faculty at James Cook University because of its effectiveness, which does not rely on the use of prescription drugs such as Ritalin or other behavioural suppressants.
Member for Kennedy Bob Katter and Mt Isa MP Robbie Katter have both called for relocation sentencing incorporating the Petford program.
On the weekend Mr Guest said he would be prepared to advise any new rehabilitation facility about adopting his program.
Calls to expand Mt Isa operation
It comes as two far north Queensland MPs back the idea of running an interception operation in Cairns similar to that of Mt Isa.
Federal Government Liberal MP Warren Entsch said the operation in Mount Isa “makes a lot of sense”.
“I don’t know how you can justify children as young as eight years old roaming the streets at 10 o’clock at night … other than they’re there for mischief, or their parents can’t control them,” he said.
There is growing community concern in Cairns over car thefts, with a record 767 cars stolen in the past year.