Victorians must respect bail laws to tackle crime - HERALD SUN
Written on the 21 July 2016
Victorians must respect laws, including bail laws to tackle crime - HERALD SUN
EDITORIAL OPINION - HERALD SUN - 5 MAY 2016
BY GEORGIE CROZIER
During the last few months, Victorians have witnessed too many horrifying attacks by violent gangs.
Perhaps most worrying of all, these gang attacks aren't just occurring in the city, but they are happening to people within their homes.
It removes a vital deterrent to breaching bail and leaves law abiding citizens exposed to the potentially harmful consequences.
That is why Daniel Andrews' decision to weaken the law and remove breaching bail as an offence is so wrong.
Sadly, but not surprisingly, the Andrews Government persisted.Why?
Because it has an ideological soft on crime approach.We all want to see a reduction in youth crime and youth incarceration. But we want to actually reduce crime in our community, not just lower statistics on a piece of paper.
Sure, you can lower crime rates if you abolish offences, like Daniel Andrews has tried to do here, but that won't make us safer or build respect for the law and human life.
The police and courts must have the capacity to keep serious young offenders in custody to prevent them from committing further crimes.
That is why the Liberal Nationals developed a school at the Melbourne Youth Justice Facility so that an education could continue and skills could be developed for young offenders.
We also created diversion programs for young offenders where community safety was not at risk.
For those who are on bail, they must comply with the conditions set or face the consequences.
We are currently seeing a spate of lawlessness and serious criminal behaviour from young offenders like we have never seen before.
The police have limited ability to address the rising crime rates and dealing with the out of control gang activity.
On a daily basis, the police are dealing with the reality of having young criminals repeatedly breaching their bail and reoffending.By weakening these bail laws, serious and potentially violent young offenders will be free to roam our streets, and continue to put our Victorian community at further risk.