Thursday, June 19, 2003

Brogden backs Dubbo's Radio host's hard line on children

NSW Citizens are calling for NSW Liberal leader, John Brogden, to step down after aligning himself with a shock jock petition calling for children involved in crime in Dubbo to be removed from their parents.

The law and order campaign is led by a Dubbo radio host, Leo De Kroo, who has gathered 11,000 signatures for a petition which calls, in part, for parents to be made responsible for their children's actions.

If parents do not, "children should be placed in suitable accommodation where self-esteem, education, health and responsibilities are taught". [?] Wrong!

That my friend is what school is for. If parents haven't got the skills to pass onto their children then their parents cannot be blamed either. The cycle of ideas has to be framed in the curriculum so that from now on children get social skills equal to academic skills. Then when everyone can relate they can go on to socialise better with each other without being locked in cages or fragmented from their families which would cause more trauma to the children who will probably grow up to hate you.

Shock Jock De Kroo has called for children as young as eight to be charged with criminal offences.

But children are innocent. At least that is my understanding. Fact is someone failed to share with them the ideas that are so very necessary in order to relate to others.

Who Mum, Dad?

Mum and dad did their best with the ideas they managed to learn before the children were born and while on the run raising them.

Brogden and the National Party leader, Andrew Stoner, yesterday hosted a press conference with Mr De Kroo, where they announced they would table the petition in Parliament.

Lock up the kid's petition?

Brogden called for a change to legislation to force parents to be more accountable for their children's crimes.

Force parents to give more than they have? Force and threats don't work and are both anti social, sorry 'Mr Broken'. [?] Sorry 'Mr Brogdon'. [?] Sorry 'Mr Brogden'. [?]

Three times proves it, anyway Brogden said, Oops lock me up!

Brogden: "In many of these cases kids as young as eight and 10 and 12 are on the streets in the early hours of the morning in Dubbo committing crimes.

"You have to ask yourself why are they on the streets, why aren't they at home, and in many cases it comes back down to parental responsibility," he said.

Stoner said he would consider proposing legislation that would lower the age of criminal responsibility for some crimes to 10 years old.

But parents are only responsible for what they know and what they can do. Where is the Book? How to raise children in Dubbo? No book!

Then why muck around. Get them when they're born and stick them in detention camps? Or re open Woomera? If we don't have kids there's no problem right?

Both said in some extreme circumstances it was necessary to remove children from their parents.

Before they're born or after they're born? You wouldn't want to take a risk that they'll get away now. Think of the additional cost of trying to find them. Think of the damage you can prevent them from doing.

Actually taking them before they're born off the people you think are more likely than not to raise a criminal.

We could call it the Dubbo Children's Community Protection Act 2003.

A spokesman for Brogden said the Opposition Leader's interest was in parental responsibility alone, distancing him from the racial overtones the debate has taken on in Dubbo.

But the Deputy Mayor of Dubbo, Warren Mundine, said it was impossible to view the petition and campaign outside the context of race. "People might say 'we haven't mentioned Aboriginal kids' but everyone knows what they are talking about."

The Premier, Bob Carr, yesterday told Parliament: "You cannot, except in the most extreme circumstances, remove Aboriginal children from their natural parents."

By Saint Nick 19 June 03

KEEP IT LOCKED: You cannot, except in the most extreme circumstances, remove children from their natural parents.


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