The police in Australia are not 'public servants', they do not work for us/you (the serfs), never have and never will.
The police are part of the executive, meaning they work for the 'government' (read corporations).
The police, in the respective states of Australia are corporations with a CEO.
Victoria Police has jumped on the corporate bandwagon as of December 2013, under the Victoria Police Act 2013.
The role of police is to keep the masses in order, subservient to corporate policy/rule.
Keep in mind that the general populous is told that police actions (or inaction) are for the "greater good of the community"
A sign on the road with numbers encompassed by a red circle indicates that a bureaucrat decides that traveling at a velocity of 60km/h on a stretch of road is 'safe' even though (maybe) previously 80km/h was deemed safe as well.
So, if you are traveling in your automobile at an alleged velocity of 62km/h and you are caught doing so, the corporation known as the police will issue you a fine.
See example in illustration below:
This fine from an employee of a corporate entity commonly referred to as the police, is unlawful.
The NSW government states that only a 'government' can issue a 'fine'.
Even that statement alone is severely flawed, incorrect in law.
Remember this is done (allegedly) for the "greater good of the community".
If you are witness to the process of the employee of the police obtaining your details in order to issue you a 'fine' you may want to 'caution' the employee of the corporation to withdraw any fine, as their actions are unlawful.
Obtain their full name, registered (badge) number, and the address of their place of business.
This information is needed to press criminal charges against the person who issued you the 'fine', at a later point in time.
EVERY single fine (e.g. speed/redlight camera, toll) is unlawful and must be taken to 'court'.
From the news.com.au article of the 21st of May 2016 of the headline:
Top end community where women brawl in front of police has been let down by the system
“THEY’RE not bad people, they’ve been abandoned and neglected.”
That’s what David Martin said about the people of a Far North Queensland community almost 10 years ago and it remains true now.
At the time, the township of Aurukun, home to approximately 1200 people, had shown Australia its darkest side. A 10-year-old girl had been gang raped by nine men in a case described as “the tip of the iceberg”.
News over the years from the small, remote township on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula has not been flattering.
A 2011 report declared Aurukun had one of the worst murder rates in the world. Last year alone there was the shocking death of a man who was run over as community members watched, there were shots fired at police, there was a hammer attack and there were riots.
This week, Aurukun made national headlines again for all the wrong reasons. Teachers at a local school were evacuated last Tuesday when a student allegedly threatened a teacher with an axe. The school has been closed for a week.
That incident was followed by mobile phone footage showing women throwing fists at each other while police stood metres away and chose not to intervene.
The news has cast the spotlight on Aurukun once again. Dr Martin, who first visited Aurukun on a break from the University of Queensland in 1975 and subsequently decided to stay, says it’s not necessarily a bad thing that the rest of Australia is watching. But the question is where to go from here.
For 40 years he has held close ties with community members. He’s overseen efforts to improve the lives of those who live there and he’s written a doctorate in anthropology that draws deeply on what he’s witnessed.
His response to watching women circling in the orange dirt, trying to land a punch, is simple: “My feeling is a degree of distress,” he told news.com.au.
He says what Australians are seeing is “a truly extraordinary community” and “a lost generation” but it’s not their fault. Take a closer look, he says, and the real problems are everywhere.
REAL PROBLEM WITH POLICING IN THE TOP END
In the footage, police are seen standing by their vehicles and watching the women brawl. It’s hard to look at, but it’s normal behaviour, they say.
Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Taylor defended the inaction by police. He said it was a matter of protecting the wider community.
“On occasion, the temperature within the community can raise quite rapidly because of one minor incident,” Mr Taylor said.
“Often, when police get to these incidents, there are large numbers of spectators and the complexities in Aurukun mean those people are all related to the combatants, and they are highly emotionally charged.
“If they do intervene, are they going to take it from a fair fight between two individuals to having a large mob, who are highly emotive, start fighting? On occasion, for the greater good of the community, it’s extremely difficult for us to intervene.”
The problem is bigger than that. One reason it’s so difficult for police in Aurukun is because many of them are rotated in and out from Cairns. It means they never get to know the community and, perhaps more importantly, the community never gets to understand them.
“Police have a very difficult job,” Dr Martin said.
“In the emphasis on maintaining law and order in very difficult circumstances, what is missing in terms of policing is community engagement. In recent months there have been contingents of Cairns police rotated through on six-week shifts.
“They never get to know the people that way, they never get to establish meaningful relationships with the community, including those who are ‘ringleaders’ in fighting. Police don’t really know who the key people are, and the potential for escalation when police arrive at a fight is huge.
“If they were known to and trusted by all sides, and if the police in turn knew something of the individuals concerned, then I believe those involved in fighting would be more receptive to intervention. Both sides need to know the other.”
There’s a watch house in Aurukun that, at any one time, is likely to have many young people locked up. It’s a bandaid solution to a much bigger problem.
There’s been a demographic boom and there are more young people in Aurukun than ever. Most feel alienated from the rest of Australia but also find it difficult to connect with their own cultural leaders.
“It’s a lost generation,” Dr Martin said. “Old people in Aurukun tell me it’s a lost generation, that young people don’t listen to them and they are heart sick about that.”
He said young men in particular are looking for a way to express themselves. They have leadership skills and energy but they’re channelling them into the wrong areas.
“What we’re seeing with the violence in Aurukun is increasingly the kind of group violence that we see in urban areas, in gangs in some other remote Aboriginal communities, and in the urban US.
“What the wider world offers in terms of education, employment and the like is not seen as meaningful for far too many of the young men. What their own society has to offer is also rejected.
They do not seem to respect law and culture in the way previous generations did.”
He said the lives of young people in Aurukun are characterised by boredom.
“There’s a lot of energy and creativity and they see no outlet for that. The ringleaders are ringleaders often because more than others they understand the hopelessness of their situation, and react to it.
They have leadership and creativity and energy, but it is being directed in an anti-social direction.
“We need to work with those ringleaders to see if they can’t be engaged. Locking them up only perpetuates the problem.”
Aurukun is made up of five ritual groups comprised of often antagonistic families with origins in different parts of Wik country. They all live jammed together in a remote version of housing estates with no escape from conflict which they find impossible to manage.
It’s a “dry community”, meaning alcohol and drugs are banned. But the reality is that drinking and using drugs is a big part of community life. There are problems with domestic violence, too, and children missing school.
In 2008, Aurukun, along with eight other communities in the Cape, signed up to a government-supported welfare reform project, but the money isn’t going to the right places.
Aurukun Mayor Dereck Walpo told the ABC this week he doesn’t know where much of the money has gone.
“A lot of money has been spent in this community over the last eight years but where’s it all gone?” he said. “I wish I knew. Where’s all the positive outcomes?”
It would be understandable for residents to feel like they’ve been abandoned but Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says that’s not the case.
“I’ll be catching up with the Police Commissioner today for an update but we actually have a whole-of-government approach and my director-general will be travelling up there next week,” she said.
“We are closely monitoring the situation but I am very determined to make sure that people in that community get access to jobs.”
Watching is a theme in Aurukun. The State Government is watching. Police are watching. Some locals say it’s part of what’s going wrong. Too much watching and not enough action.
“They would not do that in other places in Australia, so why should they do that here,” Aboriginal leader Phyllis Yunkaporta said on Wednesday, referring to police standing by idly while women traded blows.
“What message does it send to a child to see a fight and police standing by and watching?”