MARISSA CALLIGEROS
Brisbane Times

Queensland's second most senior police officer had to step in to protect the state's Attorney-General as tensions boiled over at a community safety forum in Brisbane today.

Attorney-General Cameron Dick drew the ire of a 300-strong hostile crowd at 4BC's Your Right to Feel Safe forum after he said 94 per cent of Queenslanders felt safe in their homes.

One crowd member became so irate he stormed the stage jeering abuse at the Attorney-General.

"I have had eight break-ins in the past 12 months! Eight! Eight break-ins!" the man said.

"And you say we're all safe.

"This country has lost the plot!"

Security guards pounced on the man as Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Stewart rushed to Mr Dick's aid.

Deputy Commissioner Stewart then attempted to talk reason with the man to the side of the stage, but the outspoken citizen was later escorted, yelling, from the room, to the applause of the crowd.

From that point the forum descended into a one-sided slanging match, as participants jeered and booed at the Attorney-General after he continued to compare issues of crime in Queensland today to those in 18th-century England.

"The reason (crime and punishment) challenges us is that there are no easy straight forward solutions. If that was the case, we would be the same as England was in the 18th century, where so many people would be sent to jail... that they had to colonise another nation to put prisoners somewhere else," Mr Dick said.

Members of the crowed yelled, "We didn't come here for a history lesson. Get off the stage! Stop patronising us! You're a joke."

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