Premier vows to act on violence after meeting Lisa Curry
UPDATED: Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has promised to come up with the 'best plan in Australia' to combat drunken thugs after meeting with swimming great Lisa Curry in Buderim today.
Ms Curry called for action after her daughter Morgan's friend was cowardly attacked in the early hours of Monday morning outside a Maroochydore bus stop.
The fitness advocate and mother of three said Mr Newman was very interested in taking action.
"For those of you who think he is not interested... let me tell you ...he is,'' Ms Curry wrote on her Facebook site.
"Off the record, we spoke of many interesting incidents that the public never get to hear about, but the public only make comment, praise, or criticise what they hear or read.
"He PROMISED.....In six weeks..mid March... he will have the best plan in Australia on what he intends doing.
"But.... before then, he needs anyone that has something constructive to say, or to help solve the problem, to send him suggestions, papers, opinions via email, FB, Twitter...whatever you can. Send it to him, or send it to your local MP.
"It's ok to have a throw away suggestion, but if we think rationally about this, we can help have a say in the process. Not everyone will agree with what he proposes, but if you don't have an opinion, then don't whinge about the end result.
"One suggestion of mine is to talk to your teenagers and young adults and ask them what THEY think should be done about excess drinking, drugs, punches, punishments or deterrents.
"We parents are "old" in their eyes...we don't "get it"... we're not "cool" anymore....and for those of you who don't have kids yet or very young kids...it's not until your teenager starts going out for the first time that you realise how stressful it is not being able to sleep wondering if they will get home ok.
"The Premier brought up a scenario.... what if a good kid, at uni, never been aggressive before, goes out and gets blind and hits someone... a first time offender...does he get the same punishment as someone who is always causing trouble on the streets and is looking for a fight?
"I don't know, I don't have the answers. I'm not an expert in any of this... but as a mum... I know that basic human nature is to be nice to others, and not to hurt them.
"Many years ago my friend said to me " don't step on ants, they didn't do anything to you"...and she's right. If someone is minding their own business, let them be. Walk away.''
Newman flags idea of alcohol and drug tests
During the back and forth between the Premier and Ms Curry, Mr Newman again flagged the idea of alcohol and drug testing for those involved in late-night violence.
Mr Newman likened it to driving laws where offenders risk heavier penalties based on their level of intoxication or whether they are on drugs.
"If you take alcohol and drugs, that should be taken into consideration in court," he said.
The Premier said the government would release "the best laws in the country" to deal with liquor-fed violence but before then would listen to the views of Queenslanders on how best to tackle the issue.
Police reveals details behind attack that fired up Lisa Curry
ANOTHER alcohol-fuelled violent incident on the Sunshine Coast has fired up our swimming golden girl.
Lisa Curry has called for harsher penalties, possibly a 10-year jail sentence, for those who resort to violence.
Ms Curry spoke out after hearing a friend of her daughter, Morgan, was injured at a Maroochydore bus stop at 2.30am on Monday.
Morgan's friend was understood to have told a man to be careful after he bumped into a woman standing at the bus stop.
He was then allegedly hit from behind, causing him to fall forward and fracture his skull on the concrete. He has been recovering in Nambour General Hospital.
The incident occurred about 150m from nightclub Factory: the Project, which is near where Wayne Dover was allegedly bashed and killed on November 30.
Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said footage from the scene appeared to show the man "punching the victim to the head".
"An alleged kick was involved as well," Sen Sgt Edwards said.
The man, who is from Victoria, was arrested and charged with assault occasioning bodily harm. He has been bailed and is due to appear in court on February 27.
Ms Curry said the public must demand change.
"There has to be a deterrent," she said.
"If you are old enough to drink, you have to be old enough to accept the consequences. You can't always blame alcohol."
Snr Sgt Edwards said harsh sentences were in place for assault, including potential seven-year prison terms.
But in a similar incident, heard before the courts earlier this month, Snr Sgt Edward said one offender received a suspended jail term and the other was given 18 months and had to serve only six.
"It is about changing community attitudes and educating about behaviour and drinking," he said.
In another incident on the weekend, a man "had his finger bitten off", Snr Sgt Edward said.
"There are too many assaults in the Sunshine Coast district," he said.