Country cop goes to UN to save lives
QUEENSLAND cop-turned Turnbull Government backbencher Llew O’Brien has extraordinarily addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York to call for more global action on road safety.
The milestone speech, which urged countries to spend more on infrastructure to protect its citizens, comes as The Sunday Mail can reveal Mr O’Brien (pictured) has been holding private meetings with the Prime Minister and Treasurer about boosting road safety in regional Queensland.
The former country copper, who got sick of watching people die from bad driving or bad roads, said he had a heavy heart while at the podium.
He told The Courier-Mail after his speech, that in his heart he was thinking of the d dead while revealing Aust tralia’s experience.
Mr O’Brien, who h holds the seat of Wide Bay, said Australia supported global efforts to address road safety.
“We recognise the importance of setting ambitious targets to reduce deaths and injuries from road crashes,’’ he told the UN General Assembly. “This year’s Resolution on Improving Global Road Safety expresses concern that at the current rate of progress, the target to halve global deaths and injuries by 2020 will not be met.”
After his address, Mr O’Brien said he was humbled by the experience.
“When I stood alone at that famous podium I felt I was very much in the company of many people I had encountered along my journey ... people taken before their time by road crashes I had attended.”