September 4, 2013

Howard Raises Napthine’s Failure on Crime in Parliament

Geoff Howard MP, State Member for Ballarat East, spoke in Parliament on the failure of the Napthine Government’s ‘tough on crime’ rhetoric and its impact on our Ballarat community.

“A significant part of the campaign run by the Baillieu/ Napthine coalition ahead of the last election, now nearly 3 years ago was to make the commitment that a  Liberal coalition government would reduce crime across the State by being tough on crime,” said Mr Howard.

“Success must be measured by outcomes and it is therefore a matter of great concern to find that the latest crime figures released by Victoria Police show that “Crimes against
the Person” have increased over the past year by more than 6% which compounds to an increase of 38% in crimes against the person since 2009/2010 when this government came to office.  Sadly drug offences are up by a horrendous 76% since 2009/20010.”

Mr Howard said, “This clearly demonstrates that the Napthine government’s tough on crime policy to be a complete failure.”

“It’s all about police numbers Coalition said and they say that they have increased police numbers although many of my constituents often ask me ‘where are these additional
police?’ ”

“Well I have to tell them that because this government has cut ‘unimportant’ (in their words) back room administrative staff, more police are caught behind their desks so are not available to be out in the community.”

“Clearly the police would benefit if their administrative support staff can be re-employed,” he said.

“Actions by this government to take away positive pathways to a future for all young people including savage cuts to TAFE and other training, education and support do not
help to keep young people actively engaged in our community.”

“Clearly more active drug and alcohol programs also need support.”

“A broad based approach to crime is required and I urge this government to take review their crime prevention policies and to implement programs which are going to reduce
crime across my electorate,” said Mr Howard.