Stability for police is welcome
THE Palaszczuk Government has opted for stability and continuity with the extension of Police Commissioner Ian Stewart’s term for another two years.
Mr Stewart, who was appointed by the previous government, may not be a popular choice – at least if you listen to the more strident voices in the Police Union – but he has proven a stable and consistent pair of hands who has managed to rise above the politics of what can be a very sensitive administrative role.
As he said yesterday: “I’m not there for the popularity contest, I’m there to make the best decisions possible for both the members and for the community and that’s always a complex balancing act.”
To date he has managed to navigate the politically fraught path in areas such as Queensland’s contentious but effective VLAD laws without being tainted as a partisan player, but rather someone more interested in results.
That is welcome, as is the State Government’s decision not to seek change for change’s sake.
We wish Mr Stewart well.