Minister’s ‘failing in duties’ on NQ crime crisis, frustrated KAP says
THE historic surge in crime in North Queensland is "nothing short of a crisis" that deserves a response usually reserved for destructive cyclones, Katter's Australian Party leader Robbie Katter has said.
The Traeger MP blasted Queensland's youth and police ministers, saying they were failing in their duties if they didn't spend two weeks on the ground in places like Mt Isa and Townsville in search for real solutions to the crime crisis sweeping the region.
Mr Katter's comments come as the Townsville Bulletin and the Cairns Post united in a joint call to arms demanding every MP from the Burdekin to the tip of the Cape send a message to Brisbane that residents had had enough of rising crime.
KAP colleague Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto, alongside party patriarch Kennedy MP Bob Katter and members of grassroots anti-crime group Townsville One Community, yesterday said the current Youth Justice system simply wasn't working to alleviate crime.
Police data has revealed, that just like Townsville, Mt Isa has recently endured the worst month for home break-ins since 2001, with a total of 120 unlawful entry offences recorded in January.
"When there's a cyclone, you'll see the Emergency Service Minister there for three or four days observing, and this (crime issue) is nothing short of a crisis of that magnitude," Robbie Katter said.
"If I was the youth justice minister of the police minister, I'd think nothing short of me spending a week or two up in places like Mt Isa or Townsville."