Government Crime Policy
A significant part of the campaign run by the Baillieu-Napthine coalition ahead of the last election — now nearly three years ago — was the commitment that a Liberal-Nationals coalition government would reduce crime across the state by being tough on crime. 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 in Ballarat have increased over the past year by more than 6 per cent. This compounds to an increase of 38 per cent in crimes against the person since 2009-10, when this government came to office. Sadly drug offences are up by a horrendous 76 per cent since 2009-10. This clearly demonstrates that the Napthine government’s tough-on-crime policy is a complete failure.
The government said it was all about police numbers, and it said it had increased police numbers. However, many of my constituents ask me, ‘Where are these additional police?’. I have to tell them that because this government has cut the number of so-called ‘unimportant’ backroom administrative staff, more police are caught behind their desks and are not available to be out in the community. Clearly the police would benefit if their administrative support staff were to be re-employed.
Actions by this government to take away positive pathways to a future for all young people, including savage cuts to TAFE and other training and education support, do not help to keep young people actively engaged in our community. Clearly more active drug and alcohol programs also need to be — —
The DEPUTY SPEAKER — Order! The member’s time has expired.