The Courier-Mail

Ac­tion on ice urged in in­dige­nous ar­eas

- NEIL DOOR­LEY

IN­DE­PEN­DENT MP Billy Gor­don is call­ing on the State Gov­ern­ment to in­tro­duce tough new mea­sures to com­bat a po­ten­tially cat­a­strophic ex­plo­sion of the drug ice in Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties.

Mr Gor­don, whose elec­torate cov­ers Cape York Penin­sula, is push­ing for heav­ier penal­ties in­volv­ing the seizure of con­victed deal­ers’ as­sets in “our most dis­ad­van­taged and marginalis­ed com­mu­ni­ties”.

“I want to see what they do in the US. I wouldn’t mind peo­ple’s (ice traf­fick­ers) bank ac­counts be­ing frozen and foren­sic au­dits be­ing con­ducted on their fi­nan­cial af­fairs,” Mr Gor­don said.

“With these peo­ple, if you are in an in­dige­nous com­mu­nity and you are driv­ing around in a brand new four-wheel drive and you don’t work, well that should be a clear in­di­ca­tion that some sort of (illegal) fi­nan­cial ac­tiv­ity is hap­pen­ing.” The mem­ber for Cook said he had held dis­cus­sions with the Premier and Health Min­is­ter about re­sourc­ing and im­ple­ment­ing a spe­cific Queens­land-wide strat­egy to com­bat ice.

Mr Gor­don warned that ice would “dec­i­mate” com­mu­ni­ties such as Au­rukun, Lock­hart River, and Kowanyama “if it got a big­ger foothold”.

“From what we are hear­ing from po­lice, it is al­ready there,” he said.

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