Crime Prevention (13.10.2016)

Written on the 19 October 2016

13 October 2016


Members statements 

GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)


Under Premier Daniel Andrews crime has risen at unprecedented rates, with Victorians increasingly worried about their own safety and the safety of family and friends. Under the Minister for Families and Children, Ms Mikakos, youth gangs like the Apex gang and youth crime are out of control. Violent youth gangs like Apex know they can get away with repeat offending.

We see a record number of assaults at our youth justice precincts, and the minister for riots, repairs and reviews, Ms Mikakos, sits on her hands and has no plan to stop it no plan at all. Jenny Mikakos and the Minister for Police, Lisa Neville, are out of their depth as ministers and have no answers for dealing with repeated violent youth offenders on bail. Under their watch violent youth crimes like carjackings and home invasions are getting worse.

Today we announce that the Victorian Liberal-Nationals coalition is working through how the public's right to know can be made an explicit factor in the court's considerations when these serious matters arise. The President of the Children's Court already has the power under section 534 of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 to authorise the publication of details that will identify a child or other party to a proceeding. Labor's soft on crime stance is hurting Victoria. We have a Premier who is a soft touch and a minister who is nowhere to be seen. It is time to send a strong message to these violent youth gangs and only the Liberal-Nationals coalition will do that.

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