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Local Labor MP, Justine Elliot, has launched a petition backing the police use of tasers and guns, on the back of a social media post criticising the federal Greens’ gun and taser policy.

Mrs Elliot’s online post attracted nearly 1,000 comments, and her petition describes the policy as extreme. ‘Unlike the Greens, I back our police. I was one’, she says. 

Mrs Elliot posted number 18 of the Australian Greens criminal justice policy on her Facebook page, which reads: ‘To implement a prohibition on the use of electroshock weapons and tasers, starting with disallowing their distribution to general duties police and restricting their use to situations where life is threatened’.

Re-elected local federal Labor MP, Justine Elliot. Photo Tree Faerie

Mrs Elliot also posted number 65 and 66 from the NSW Greens criminal justice policy (greens.org.au/nsw/policies/criminal-justice).

It reads, ‘65. Ensure that general duties police do not have as part of their standard appointments either tasers or guns, with these weapons reserved to specialised units and teams who can deploy as needed’.

‘66. Remove tasers from the NSW Police Force until additional safeguards are in place, for taser use to ensure that only specially trained squads can use tasers, that they only use tasers as a substitute for firearms in situations of serious threat of violence to a person, and that tasers are not used to enforce compliance in non-serious situations’.

Mandy Nolan. Photo David Lowe.

Political football

Greens candidate for the federal seat of Richmond, Mandy Nolan, said, ‘It’s sad to see Labor misrepresenting Greens policy in an attempt to gain a political advantage’.

‘Policing is a very serious issue, not a political football. This sort of gutter politics and trash-talking creates unnecessary fear in the community, and could damage our crucial tourism industry – all for our Labor MP’s attempt to smear the Greens.

‘Over the past year we have seen a disturbing increase in people with complex health needs being killed by police tasers. People who have been killed by police tasers over the past year include a 95-year-old woman suffering from dementia. It’s clear that the justice and policing system needs an urgent review to prevent more needless deaths. Even the Police Commissioner and Labor’s NSW Minister for the Police have indicated their support for an inquiry into policing practices, including whether all police should carry guns and tasers.

‘Of course we don’t want to take all guns and tasers away from the police, and to suggest otherwise is a dangerous falsehood. Police should have access to weapons such as guns and tasers for situations that need them. But those situations don’t include welfare checks, RBTs and many other day to day police duties. We want to see more training and support for frontline police to deescalate situations without use of force, with use of deadly weapons reserved for specially trained officers and units who can be deployed as necessary. We also want safeguards on police tasers to prevent further tragic deaths like 95-year-old Clare Nowland. Tasers are deadly weapons, and should only be used in situations where there is a serious threat of violence.

‘These policies would bring Australia into line with other progressive countries like the UK, New Zealand and Norway, where police don’t carry firearms unless the situation is expected to merit it. These countries, like Australia, have relatively low crime rates. It’s important that we don’t let political fear mongering around crime get in the way of the facts, and what’s important – keeping the community safe.’


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17 COMMENTS

  1. Now let’s not pretend that the Greens are above a bit of hyperbolic political rhetoric.

    “ This sort of gutter politics and trash-talking creates unnecessary fear in the community, ”. Now I think Justine Elliott has experienced her share of this with bloody baby dolls strewn in front of her office. What are we to infer from this? That she is personally guilty of infanticide? I don’t now whose idea that was but I haven’t heard the Greens condemn it and I can’t think of how politics could get further into the gutter.

    Aren’t child deaths and human suffering also too serious to use for politicking? Isn’t whipping up division creating fear and anxiety in the community. The Greens don’t seem to think so and their self righteousness is nauseating.

  2. That’s all Justine Elliot is good for. Misrepresenting things and twisting them to discredit a person or an issue to suit her goals. No valid research behind her statements, just s search to that comes from her deep need to find anything she can convert to dirt – that push that to ‘enhance’ her agenda. One day she will learn that people lose respect for those who apply such strategy. It borders on political gaslighting. If it was genuine cause; fair enough, but to date I have not seen it being genuine cause – just her playing dirty political games.

  3. Well good on Justine for outing another highly questionable policy from the Greens party. Now of course whenever the Greens get caught out trying to water down longstanding policies that have definitely kept our community members safe, the denials usually come thick and fast, but there is no doubt that this is a repetitious trend within the Greens party. Policing in 2024 is much more dangerous than even a decade ago, and officers need every protection possible, how dare the Greens try and take that away. There has also been ongoing ruminations within the Greens party for the watering down of Australia’s dangerous drug laws that help keep our roads safe from drug induced morons killing other motorists. Another misguided “quiet ” policy from the Greens party is the defunding of our defence force at a time when the world is fast becoming a very dangerous place, of course they try and dive for cover when confronted on that one too. We in Richmond are very fortunate to have a highly experienced MP in Justine Elliott on policing matters, and I shudder to think of even the remotest possibility of a totally inexperienced comedian struggling on matters that seem way beyond her capabilities and experience.

    • And let’s not forget their unholy alliance again with the Coalition to water down the legislation on vapes. Can’t have the young thinking they’re uncool.

      • Mr Lizardbreath, isn’t it amazing just how we can always depend on the Greens to protect us Aussies from all the nasties out there in this weird and wild world, seriously just what is wrong with these crazy people?

      • And yet The Cancer Council on 27/6/24 has come out publicly supporting the Vape Legislation and the States and Territories have backed it as well.
        I guess they are just all fronts for the Greens. Rofl!
        Do try harder with your ALP propaganda.

        • Oh Joachim, I didn’t think even you would try that one on! They backed it because it was better than nothing – as previously existed. Certainly not “fronts for the Greens”!

          ‘ “We don’t want perfect to be the enemy of good here,” Professor Robson told The Medical Republic, noting that the Greens had been “inscrutable” in their position on the original legislation before it was seen in parliament’
          (25 JUNE 2024 – Perfect shouldn’t be the enemy of good: AMA)

          I guessed you missed that as it’s a foreign concept to the Greens.

          Were you not paying attention? Must try harder!

    • Just more spurious comments from a desperate inner-city Green who has absolutely no idea of the North coast nor anything Justine Elliott does for her constituents, Joachim old son you are nothing more than a cheap shot specialist shouting from afar.

      • Keith, “the pot calling the kettle, black”, you are familiar with the expression, yes.
        You personally know all about making “spurious comments” and I’m guessing by the lack of any announcements that you haven’t been to the police to present that evidence you have of who is responsible for damaging MP offices.
        We won’t be taking any lectures from you my man.

        • Spare us the Greenspinning lectures old son, you and your preference dependent minor party are in no position to be lecturing the very major party that your entire existence depends on. Still waiting my man on that number of Greens MP’s elected to parliament without Labor preferences????? I guess I’ll have to take the deafening silence to mean that there are ZERO, oh humm but I guess we already knew that didn’t we???

  4. Please remember Justine, if you go the complete opposite view to the greens you will for sure be on the right track. Good Luck.

    • Greg, I am going to put an honest proposition to you and all of your conservative mates from the ALP. If you want to make sure the crazy Greens do not win the seat of Richmond at the next election, grit your teeth and have a really serious think about about giving Labor your 1st and 2nd preference vote. It’s highly unlikely that the Nationals are going to finish with the most 1st preference votes, Justine did at the last election and as always the result will depend on whether the ALP can finish in front of the Greens so we get their preferences instead of them getting ours. It is unlikely that Mandy Nolan can unseat Justine, but one thing is for sure they are gearing up for a tremendously well funded and well resourced campaign, they usually buss in a huge amount of volunteers that help them enormously, they can do this because they only have a few seats to target, when the ALP has 78 to resource, and any extra help in keeping the dangerous Greens out of Richmond would be beneficial to both of us.

      • The Mandy has got Richmond, no amount of the desperate Justine’s $’staxpayerpaid full page spreaders in The Echo and misrepresenting Greens policy will save the Justine. The punters have worked it out already.

        • Misrepresenting? By this report all Justine did was quote Greens policy. All that was necessary it seems.

          How very dare she!

        • That’s funny old son, the “punters” haven’t told us that, anyway how would you know what the “punters” up here are saying, seeing that you are foreign to the North Coast.

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