News

Academics blame law for fall

Alastair MacAdam.
Alastair MacAdam.

POLITICAL and legal commentators yesterday came to the defence of Gympie MP in the wake of his shock resignation as Police Minister.

Former University of the Sunshine Coast  lecturer, now Professor of Public Police at the Australian Catholic University, Scott Prasser, said Mr Gibson should not have had to resign.

"It's not official corruption - it's not corruption at all," Prof Prasser said.

Queensland University of Technology legal expert Alastair MacAdam said many people were surprised to find themselves facing charges of unlicensed driving, without having realised they were committing the offence.

Mr MacAdam, who is a QUT Law Faculty visiting Fellow and a practising lawyer, said people were caught every day "driving while being unaware that their licence had been suspended".

"It comes as a complete shock to people," he said.

He said the practise was that people were notified by mail, but "the trouble is these letters often go astray".

"People don't receive them and if drivers are pulled over by police they then have to face the serious issue of driving without a licence. Queensland Transport deem that once a letter has been sent it has been received. This is nonsense," he said.

Gympie Times

Topics:  david gibson, gympie, police minister




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Armed men in Halloween masks hold up taxi at Cooloola Cove

Taxi

Taxi driver refuses to hand over cash to masked men

Truss: Aquatic centre and Pavilion upgrade make Budget

A artist impression of Gympie’s proposed Aquatic Centre

Significant funding allocated to Section C, Cooroy to Curra upgrade

Latest deals and offers

Dash cam as car rolls dodging rabbit

A car rolls over after dodging a rabbit.

This is why they say don't swerve for wildlife.

ACF take Minister to Court

ACF chief executive Kelly O'Shanassy

The Australian Conservation Foundation go to court to stop Carmichael mine.

Dash Cam: Roo takes on car

Kangaroo leaps car.

Kangaroo could have kept going, jumps car instead.

Gympie trumps Fraser Coast in new housing developments

The scorecard is out - Gympie has come up trumps compared to Wide Bay in terms of new housing development.

Gympie trumps Fraser Coast in new housing developments

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog