Drug pusher can­ing urged

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY sa­man­tha. healy@ news. com. au

DRUG traf­fick­ers and pro­duc­ers of ice would be “caned” if a fed­eral MP had his way.

Daw­son MP Ge­orge Christensen has writ­ten to the head of the Na­tional Ice Task­force, Ken Lay, call­ing for tougher penal­ties for drug push­ers.

“If we keep slap­ping peo­ple on the wrist we’re go­ing to get the same out­comes,” he said.

“I sug­gest we take a look at how they ad­dress the prob­lem in Sin­ga­pore. Their use of cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment seems to be a highly ef­fec­tive de­ter­rent.”

Mr Christensen said he was not sug­gest­ing can­ing drug users and small sup­pli­ers, who were of­ten ad­dicts them­selves.

“It’s about those in­volved in the pro­duc­tion and sale of drugs on a large scale – the peo­ple who make a liv­ing, and

If we keep

slap­ping peo­ple on the wrist we’re go­ing to get the same

out­comes

GE­ORGE CHRISTENSEN

THE first of­fi­cial pic­tures of Princess Char­lotte’s chris­ten­ing, taken by Diana’s favourite pho­tog­ra­pher Mario Testino, have been re­leased.

The gor­geous im­ages were taken im­me­di­ately af­ter the royal baby was bap­tised in front of the Queen and close rel­a­tives at the Church of St Mary Mag­da­lene in San­dring­ham last Sun­day.

A par­tic­u­larly touch­ing im­age is a fam­ily pho­to­graph of Wil­liam and Cather­ine with their chil­dren in the gar­dens of San­dring­ham House.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge and their whole fam­ily had a won­der- of­ten a very com­fort­able liv­ing, out of ped­dling this de­struc­tive drug,” he said.

But Herbert MP Ewen Jones said it was an “over­sim­pli­fi­ca­tion” of the drugs scourge.

“I copped the cane at school but it didn’t make me a bet­ter stu­dent,” he said.

“To sug­gest that a good flog­ging will sort it out is one of the great­est over­sim­pli­fi­ca­tions – we shouldn’t be flip­pant.”

Townsville Ice Task­force ful day on Sun­day and were de­lighted to share the spe­cial oc­ca­sion with the thou­sands co- or­di­na­tor Suzanne High­ley was re­luc­tant to weigh in.

“I can’t re­ally com­ment on this sug­ges­tion be­cause we aren’t in­ter­ested in those peo­ple ( traf­fick­ers/ pro­duc­ers) at this time,” she said.

“Our fo­cus is on ed­u­ca­tion, in­ter­ven­tion and sup­port – if peo­ple don’t want the drugs, there is no mar­ket, and there have only been two drug busts in Townsville since Jan­uary.

“There wouldn’t be many, if any, to cane.”

Queens­land Coun­cil of Civil Lib­er­ties vice- pres­i­dent Terry O’Gor­man la­belled the sug­ges­tion “pop­ulist pol­i­tics”.

“Some politi­cians will do any­thing to beat the law- an­dorder drum to im­prove their own pro­file,” he said.

Mr Christensen said the com­mu­nity wanted tougher penal­ties and urged the Gov­ern­ment to look to coun­tries where cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment is sup­ported. “It’s not pretty but it might be ef­fec­tive,” he said. of peo­ple who came to San­dring­ham,” a Kens­ing­ton Palace spokesman said.

“They are very happy to share these pho­to­graphs and hope that ev­ery­one en­joys them as much as they do.”

Kens­ing­ton Palace shared the adorable snaps – cap­tured by one of the world’s mosty highly re­garded fash­ion and por­trait pho­tog­ra­phers – on Twit­ter.

The pic­tures have al­ready been retweeted thou­sands of times.

“Thank you @ mar­i­otestino for help­ing to cap­ture such an im­por­tant day for the Cam­bridge fam­ily!” Kens­ing­ton Palace tweeted.

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