Southern Metropolitan Region - Impact of Crime on Small Business
Written on the 9 June 2017
8 June 2017
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My question is to the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade in his capacity as minister for small business.
Too many jewellery businesses in my electorate of Southern Metropolitan Region have been subjected to horrifying crimes.
The images of criminals with machetes and guns robbing and destroying legitimate businesses and terrifying and assaulting hardworking owners and staff are becoming a far too frequent occurrence.
These businesses have on occasions had these horrific crimes committed not just on one occasion but on multiple occasions. The impacts have been extensive and ongoing to not only the health and wellbeing of those affected but also the viability of the businesses themselves.
Insurance claims are taking weeks to be processed, and rents, staff and bank loans need to be paid.
So I ask: will the minister dedicate additional financial resources in his department that will assist those businesses that have been severely and repeatedly subjected to the crime wave that is gripping Victoria?