Written on the 22 September 2017
19 September 2017
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
As Victorians know, crime across Victoria has been unprecedented under Daniel Andrews and I am not talking about the unprecedented rorting that is taking place within the Andrews government, whether that be the red shirt rorts that are still under investigation, the former Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Andrews government being caught out for rorting the second-home allowance or the current and shocking exposure of printing rorts that is going on. Clearly Labor have a cultural issue of rorting that is deep and has gone to the highest levels of government.
What I am speaking about is the crime wave that is sweeping across Victoria, which has again been highlighted to me after hearing from hundreds and hundreds of people within the area of Bentleigh in my electorate of Southern Metropolitan Region, which I and Ms Fitzherbert in this house represent, and some of the crimes they have been subjected to in recent times. Here is an example of just some of them:
My vehicle was stolen from my parents' address and found burnt out two weeks after.I had reason to call the police for house invasion, robbery, car theft
My home, car and my garden have been vandalised.A 73-year-old woman who lives alone confronted by an offender under the influence of drugs and barred from entering or exiting her home.
The list goes on.
These are the real victims of crime innocent Victorians just going about their daily lives and having terrifying incidents occur that can have lifelong impacts.
The 20 per cent increase in crime rates across Victoria is impacting too many Victorians, and that is why the Liberal-Nationals under Matthew Guy have formed the Victims of Crime Justice Reference Group to put victims first and criminals last. What a committed and wonderful group of Victorians have come together in this group.
They have spoken openly of their experiences, which will assist in developing sound policy that will ensure that victims' rights will be front and centre of the justice system in Victoria.