LNP Supports Gold Coast Police

24 Aug 2011 3:14 PMJann Stuckey

24 August 2011

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP has praised the dedication of Gold Coast police officers as the LNP moved to condemn the Labor Government for their neglect of the Coast’s crime issues.

Speaking in State Parliament last night, Ms Stuckey and her LNP colleagues took the Bligh Government to task over its failure to act in a timely manner to address spiralling crime rates on the Gold Coast.  

“Our police do a thankless and often dangerous job, and it is the behaviour of this toxic Labor government and its ongoing inaction that stands condemned here in this House today,” Ms Stuckey said.

“How many times have we heard successive Police Ministers and Premiers gloating about increasing police force numbers over the last 20 years, when our population has also exploded in this time?

“The Bligh Government cannot handle the truth getting in the way of typical Labor spin. They would have us believing we live in Nirvana and that they are doing all that they can to support our police.

“If that was the case – why have we now witnessed backflip after backflip by this Government on policies that, until community pressure reached boiling point, were not considered necessary by Labor?

“GPS monitoring for dangerous sex offenders, a major crime squad for the Gold Coast and a police helicopter are all LNP policies that are finally to be delivered by a government desperately trying to catch up with community expectations on law and order. 

“During the past decade, Labor have presided over a 100 per cent increase in drug trafficking crime.

“In the past three years, graffiti crime has risen 14 per cent and cost ratepayers millions of dollars. In that same time, Labor’s weak sentencing laws saw 185 convicted armed robbers and 35 convicted rapists walk back onto the streets without spending a night in jail.

“Meanwhile, Labor have voted down 15 of the LNP’s Private Members Bills to improve police powers and strengthen our sentencing laws.

“The LNP and Campbell Newman will work for all Queenslanders not for ourselves.”

To view the debate, go to
http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/hansard/2011/2011_08_23_DAILY.pdf

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