Senator Anning defends comment and slap

Senator Fraser Anning has defended his widely reviled comments about the New Zealand mosque massacres and reiterated his call for Australians to have more say on immigration.

The Queenslander also insists that slapping a boy across the face after the teen broke an egg on his head is an Australian thing to do, and that the boy’s mum should have done it long ago.

The furore began after Senator Anning released a statement on the Christchurch mosque attacks in New Zealand on Friday.

He was widely condemned by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other leaders for saying the “real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place”.

On Monday the senator said his statement had been taken out of context and reiterated his condemnation of the violence in New Zealand, which resulted in the deaths of 50 people attending prayers.

“Unfortunately, that sort of violence is already here, usually it’s being perpetrated by the Muslims attacking the infidels or Christians,” he then added.

The senator also said he acted in self defence when he struck the egg-wielding Melbourne teenager, now know on social media as ‘Eggboy’, during a press conference on Saturday.

“He got a slap across the face, which is what his mother should have given him long ago, because he’s been misbehaving badly,” he told reporters in Brisbane on Monday.

“When somebody cracks you in the back of your head, you react and defend yourself.

“That for years is what Australians have been doing, luckily they did that in the trenches otherwise we’d be all speaking German now.”

Mr Morrison thinks Senator Anning should face the full force of the law over his actions.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has urged voters to dump Senator Anning at the federal election due in May.

The government and Labor will move a censure motion – one of parliament’s strongest forms of rebuke – condemning Senator Anning’s comments when parliament returns next month.

“I hope it’s not too painful,” the senator said in response on Monday.

“What’s Mr Morrison going to give me? A flogging with his lace hanky or something like that?”

Senator Anning replaced One Nation’s disqualified Malcolm Roberts in 2017 then fell out with party leader Pauline Hanson and became an independent.

Senator Hanson says she’ll abstain from any vote to censure Senator Anning because it won’t “prove a damn thing”.

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus says abstaining amounts to supporting Senator Anning’s comments.

Labor will be preferencing One Nation and Senator Anning last at the upcoming election, he added.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale wants parliament to go harder and is exploring all options, including changing the Privileges Act to allow politicians to be expelled.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, from Grafton in NSW, has been charged with one count of murder over the shooting in Christchurch.

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Pedestrian Crossing Button

New smart pedestrian crossings to be fitted with sensors

Up to 300 key pedestrian crossings across Queensland are set to be upgraded with new smart technology thanks to a $3 million investment by the state government.

Crossings will be fitted with sensors to detect pedestrian movement and adjust the amount of time required to cross.

The decision to roll out the smart crossings statewide follows successful trials at Broadbeach and Main Beach on the Gold Coast.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the State Government will begin installing the new crossings later this year.

Locations will be prioritised based on length, high traffic and pedestrian volumes, as well as those used by mobility-impaired pedestrians and cyclists and crossings near hospitals.

“Compared with standard signalised crossings, which use a timer, these smart crossings will use sensors to detect pedestrian movement and adjust the amount of time required to cross,” Mr Bailey said.

“This means pedestrians can cross safely without having to rush, and for motorists it means less waiting when there are fewer pedestrians using the crossing.

“Importantly, these smart pedestrian crossing detectors can also hold left or right-turn red arrow signals, to protect pedestrians from turning vehicles.

“Trials at Slacks Creek, Broadbeach, Main Beach and Bundaberg demonstrated marked improvements in traffic efficiency and pedestrian safety, which is why we’re now investing $3 million through the Camera Detected Offence Program.”

Minister Bailey said about one third of all pedestrian fatalities and hospitalisations occurred at intersections.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to improving safety for pedestrians and these upgrades will go a long way to making sure pedestrians can get from A to B safer.”

In 2018, pedestrians accounted for 35 fatalities. Additionally, between 1 January and 31 August 2018, there were 228 hospitalised pedestrian casualties on Queensland roads.

Surf Life Saving Queensland responds to sexism allegations

Surf Life Saving Queensland has responded to the sexism allegations following the 2019 Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships on the Gold Coast last weekend.

It comes after an online petition was launched from the sister of one of the competitors, claiming ‘Surf Life Saving Queensland displayed a lack equality during the U15 Ironwoman and Ironman finals.’

Surf Life Saving Queensland has this morning acknowledged and welcomed Ella’s feedback for one of their pinnacle events.

“While we attempt to highlight all events, we do unfortunately have to alter commentary of our Youth Championships between multiple competition areas with events occurring concurrently, and in very quick succession,” SLSQ said in a statement to myGC.

“This year saw a number of changes to our Youth Championships, with positive feedback received.

“As always, we are committed to delivering a world-class sporting carnival for our nippers and junior lifesavers, and we look forward to working with all members moving forward to help continuously improve on the running and success of our pinnacle youth event.

“Once again, we thank Ella for her valuable feedback, which will be implemented in the future to ensure all of our events receive the recognition they deserve.”

Ella Gooderham launched the petition four days ago now, stating there were unfair disparages between the events, in which her sister participated in.

“With 16 females competing in the final, they were called to the line as a group and set off for their race.

“Following this, 16 males were called for their race individually with their names over the loud speaker, were filmed with professional cameras and were displayed on social media.

Ms Gooderham also explains in the petition that her sister and friends that had competed in the final were puzzled that their names weren’t read out and they didn’t received the same amount of recognition for their achievements.

“I respect there was memorial trophy for Matthew Barclay, however that did not prohibit them announcing females onto the start line in the same manner.

“The weekend after International Women’s Day, it is saddening to see the lack of equality in such an admired sport.

“Therefore, this petition was created in order to achieve recognition for the 16 females who competed in an equally testing race, but received no acknowledgement, and for equality among future female and male competitors.

The petition has already collected over 720 signatures, aiming for 1000.

40 people arrested in 28 raids: Police swoop on Gold Coast crooks

POLICE have raided almost 30 homes on the Gold Coast and arrested 40 people on more than 100 charges as part of a major crackdown on crime in the city.

Dozens of detectives along with officers from the city’s Rapid Action Patrol squad raided 28 properties in 17 suburbs on the Gold Coast on Wednesday morning.

Officers targeted homes in Varsity Lakes, Tugun, Burleigh, Burleigh Waters, Currumbin, Palm Beach, Labrador, Chevron Island, Ashmore, Southport, Coomera, Upper Coomera, Oxenford, Holmview, Ormeau and Pimpama.

During the massive operation, officers allegedly seized a “significant quantity” of methylamphetamines (Ice), cocaine, cannabis, and steroids.

A stockpile of stolen goods, including a motorcycle, watches, diamonds, weapons and fireworks, was also recovered.

Source: Queensland Police

Source: Queensland Police

Source: Queensland Police

In total, 40 people were arrested and charged with 113 offences, including break and enter, possessing, producing and supplying dangerous drugs, stealing, evade police and possessing stolen property.

All are scheduled to appear in Southport Magistrates Court over the coming month.

Detective Inspector Brendan Smith from Gold Coast CIB has warned that further arrests are expected.

“Those involved in drug and property crime need to understand; if they continue to offend they will be targeted,” Detective Inspector Smith said.

“We will come back as many times as it is necessary until their behaviour changes.

“The community expect us to do this and accordingly, we will be unrelenting in our efforts.”

Investigations are continuing.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Arrest of Mongols OMCG member

Mongols bikie arrested for wearing prohibited clothes on the Gold Coast

A Mongols bikie member has been arrested at gunpoint, after a standoff with specialist police on the Gold Coast today.

It’s believed the 28-year-old man was seen in public wearing a prohibited item of clothing associated with the outlawed motorcycle gang.

Police then carried out a search warrant on his resident, allegedly locating the clothing, as well as a quantity of performance and image enhancing drugs, including steroids.

The man has been granted bail and will appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on March 25 to answer the charges.

Detective Inspector Glen Donaldson of MOCS says the Queensland Police Service adopts a very strong approach to policing the visible wearing of outlaw motorcycle gang ‘colours’ in public places.

“We will continue to be unrelenting in our efforts to use serious and organised crime legislation to disrupt and prosecute members of organised crime syndicates who pose a risk to our community,” he said.

Channel 9 has released exclusive footage of the man being arrested this afternoon.