Call to Stop Coolangatta Violence

13 Oct 2009 4:26 PMJann Stuckey

13 October 2009

Jann Stuckey MP, Member for Currumbin has called for a whole-of-community approach to combat violent street attacks.

“Regular reports of increased violence on our streets indicate that messages are not getting through our youth to stop and think about the consequences of their actions,” said Ms Stuckey.

“Yet another unprovoked bashing signifies that the State Government is not doing enough to educate our youth on the consequences of street violence.

“All the Government have done is bring the ‘One Punch Can Kill’ Campaign out of mothballs. On it’s own this campaign can only have limited effect as it’s
a small part of an overall strategy that is needed to combat this problem.

“The Bligh Government’s half-hearted approach to this growing problem shows how out of touch they are with what’s happening on our streets and how unwilling they are to get tough on crime.

 “This softly-softly approach by the Bligh Government has resulted in people involved in these bashings not taking responsibility for their actions.

“Unfortunately the courts appear to be lapping up victims colourful excuses.

“I have taken part in countless task-forces and safety action groups and am disappointed that there is very little to show for it. 

“These incidents will continue to shock us until a whole-of-community approach is undertaken. 

“Only with a combination of education campaigns about the dangers of substance abuse, enough police on patrol and tougher sentences that fit the crime will we reduce these vicious attacks.

“Coolangatta was, for decades, known as a safe family holiday destination and we do not want to head in the same direction as Surfers Paradise,” said Ms Stuckey

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