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(generated from captions) That report from Jonathan Harley. The NSW Police Commissioner Ken Moroney is charged with marshalling his forces to control the ongoing violence on Sydney's streets. But will increased police numbers in troubles spots and the new police powers be enough? I spoke to the Commissioner a short time ago. of order and allow us to proceed down that particular path. I

down that particular path. I welcome that as an opportunity to bring

about not only the restoration of

water in particularly Sydney and

this state, but equally as

this state, but equally as important the restoration of public

confidence. You've said that events

in recent days have unleashed a

beast. What do you mean by that and

can you control that beast? Well,

can you control that beast? Well, in one sense euphemism such as

one sense euphemism such as "unleash the beast" , "let genie out of the

bottle," those are relevant. There

was a form of legitimate protest in

Cronulla on Sunday. People

exercising a legitimate right of

protest, a legitimate expression of

a point of view. I think some of

a point of view. I think some of the group there, however, were captured.

They were captured by alcohol. They

were captured by the emotion of the

day. They were captured by people

who form part of a rent-a-crowd and

I think the rest in one sense is

I think the rest in one sense is but history and that emotion, the

infusion of alcohol, the legitimate

right to protest, was all blurred

and we saw that level of heightened

protest. I saw in my 40 years of

police service some of the most

disgraceful behaviour and conduct

disgraceful behaviour and conduct by adults I'd ever seen. What we seem

to be seeing is this free-for-all,

unpredictable moving melee, sort of

thing we haven't seen in Sydney

before. How do you control that?

In one sense that was the beast

In one sense that was the beast that was unleashed. I don't think people

who exercised a legitimate right to

protest and did so lawfully last

Sunday, realised what was going to

happen and I was concerned about

happen and I was concerned about the issue of backlash and reprisal.

Indeed, to some extent that's what

we've seen happen in ensuing days

since the protest. Now it's a case

of people of goodwill and I do

believe, Tracey, they do exist,

complimented by the work of the

police, complimented by these new

increased police powers and responsibilities we'll bring about

the restoration of order and public

confidence that's so important.

You people in the front line are no

doubt reporting back to you. What

are they saying about the role that

race is playing in what is

happening? Clearly it is my view

that race did play a role in not

only the events of Sunday, but the

events leading up to Sunday. In my

criticism of the mob mentality last

Sunday, I have to acknowledge certainly within the community over

a number of years there's been a

build-up of concern within the

community, of frustration within

community, of frustration within the community about the behaviour and

attitude of some young men and some

of those young men are from

of those young men are from Lebanese backgrounds. So when you've got

scenes of people wrapping

scenes of people wrapping themselves in Australian flags and targetting

in Australian flags and targetting a particular ethnic group, does that

require a particular kind of

policing and a particular political

approach? I think there are a

approach? I think there are a number of solutions here, Tracey.

of solutions here, Tracey. Certainly solutions are required at

solutions are required at Government level and I've said at national,

state and local Government level it

requires the infusion of ideas and

goodwill on the part of the general

community. But I've also said today

when I was asked who are the most

influential people in this whole

area, they are called parents, and

the issue of parental

responsibility, the exercise of

parental responsibility, the role

parental responsibility, the role we have to play in the acceptance of

personal accountability is an

important part of where we find a

solution to this. Laws are

important. The application of those

laws by the police are important.

But nothing can surpass that in the

sense of goodwill and people

sense of goodwill and people sitting down and exercising common sense

down and exercising common sense and good judgment. Are you happy with

the political response and the

political support you are getting?

Yes,I am happy. I've been given

enormous support by the Premier and

Minister for Police in the state.

Equally important I've been

Equally important I've been provided with strong support by various

ethnic community leaders. I think

that's the goodwill I see

demonstrated. This is an issue

beyond politics, an issue in one

sense that can only be resolved by

the community coming together in

the community coming together in all of its form. We need grass roots

solutions. The laws and the

application of the laws by the

police is an important part of the

restoration of order. Beyond that

restoration of order, what we now

need is those people of good will

who will find the lasting solutions

that I know are there. New, people

out there are frightened about what

might happen next, what might

might happen next, what might happen tonight. Are you gearing up to deal

with whatever might happen? Yes.

with whatever might happen? Yes.There are two phenomena I think

existing at the moment, Tracey. But

dominant amongst those is the

dominant amongst those is the rumour mill W esee many, many rumours

circulating in not only Sydney,

throughout NSW and other states of

Australia that are simply that -

they are rumours. They have no

basis in fact. But as police we

can't afford to ignore the rumours.

We have to move through a strong

intelligence base to substantiate

intelligence base to substantiate or otherwise those rumours. But in

terms of if policing response over

the next couple of nights, that

the next couple of nights, that will be appropriate and numerically it

will be appropriate. Greater

numbers? Greater numbers to

compliment the police that are out

there on normal and general patrol

and we will increase our numbers

even further over the coming

weekend. And come these new laws,

you'll be able to take certain

actions you haven't been able to do

so far that you are confident will

make a real difference? Yes,

make a real difference? Yes, amongst the specific provisions and subtd

the specific provisions and subtd to their passing through Parliament

this Thursday in the special recall,

the ability for a deputy

Commissioner of Police or the

Commissioner of Police to lock down

an area. Simply lock it down. This

there that's not a new phenomena.

there that's not a new phenomena. It was a power exercise during the

Olympics 2000, albeit in a sporting

complex, but it was designed to

ensure safety and security. It has

ensure safety and security. It has a similar application on this

occasion. The ability to close down

hotels and other licence ?premises

where we feel that alcohol is a

significant contributor to the

behaviour of the crowd on any

particular occasion. These are

specific powers, Tracey, that

amongst other new powers will be

carefully exercised and their

application is at the highest level

of our organisation. Do you have

of our organisation. Do you have any view on the media's involvement

because some have blamed the media

for building things up? It's one of

the are regrettable aspects of the

event since last Sunday of the

event since last Sunday of the blame game. The blame game is going

around. Finger pointing is going on

all over the place. I don't know na

there is much value in that.

there is much value in that. Clearly a range of people in a range of

occupations and professions need to

have a good hard look at their

involvement or perceived

involvement or perceived involvement and principal amongst that group

and principal amongst that group are the group who participated last

Sunday. I think we all need to sit

down, consider what we could have

done, what we should have done and

how we need to make it better

because what we are talking about,

ultimately, is the future of this