|—||Carbon price = authoritarian, media inquiry = authoritarian, forcing a woman out of a job she was elected to = ok because Miranda doesn’t like traffic but cannot be seen riding a bike or taking a train like the rest of us sclebs.|
Classic Miranda, 2010: And, having done nothing demonstrable to reduce heroin use, or cause drug addicts to abstain from the substance that is ruining their lives, it was made permanent this week.
Legislation was passed in the NSW Upper House with the aid of the limp-wristed NSW Opposition, which fails to realise that a conservative party that turns its back on conservative policies never fares well at the polls.
|—||There is a lot you could criticise Carr for but sending the state “to rack and ruin” isn’t one of them. He broke records for spending on hospitals and roads while still managing the first“government in the State’s history to retire debt”. He neglected water and electricity but no Premier since him has fixed those problems. As the soon to be a nuclear waste haven Western Sydney gets shot to pieces while Orica spits poisons, the Sydney Harbour Bridge falls to pieces and the Pacific Highway remains a neglected deathtrap; I wouldn’t be surprised if many citizens of NSW wished Bob the environmentalist, tough on crime Builder could make a return to the Premiership.|
Sure enough, when Bratton’s police cracked down hard on minor offences such as fare evasion, vandalism, loitering and intrusive begging, there was a corresponding dramatic drop in more serious crime - including robbery, rape and murder. Rather than tinkering with soft sentencing options, and the occasional high profile police operation, Premier Barry O’Farrell should give Sydney a shot of harsh medicine, New York style. It’s well beyond time to stop pussyfooting around with the riff-raff.
An entire generation has grown up since Bratton cleaned up New York.
In 1993-2001, for example, San Diego was second only to New York in experiencing the biggest crime drop of any city in the United States, with our violent crime decreasing by 45 percent and homicides decreasing by 62 percent. But New York’s crime drop was associated with aggressive zero tolerance policing and a concomitant 50 percent increase in misdemeanor arrests. San Diego’s crime drop, by contrast, was accomplished through a community policing model that resulted in a 1 percent decrease in misdemeanor arrests. In fact, from 1994 to 2000, prison sentences in San Diego were actually reduced by 25 percent.