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Liberal Nationals will be tough on crime

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says an elected Liberal-Nationals Coalition government will take a tough approach to Victoria’s sentencing laws.

Mr O’Brien said violent criminals who repeatedly offend should not be getting second, third and fourth chances to commit violent crimes.

“No more excuses, no more second chances, its two strikes and you’re in – jail.

“Rather than more of the same soft-on-crime approach from Labor, an elected Liberal-National Government will take a tough approach.

“We will introduce mandatory minimum jail sentences for the most dangerous criminals in our community.  Criminals convicted of a second violent offence will face the mandatory minimums.”

The minimum sentences would apply to 11 violent offences, including rape, aggravated burglary, manslaughter by single punch or strike, and murder.

Mr O’Brien said people in Gippsland regularly raise concerns with him about rising crime and soft sentencing by the courts.

“Victorians should feel safe in their homes, but after two years of Labor the state’s crime rate has skyrocketed.

“Even the Police Minister has admitted that Victorians don’t feel safe in their own homes under the Andrews Labor Government.

“In the South Gippsland and Wellington Shires crime has risen 29 and 21 per cent respectively since Labor came to power.

“Under a Coalition Government, violent criminals who think they can ignore our justice system will face long sentences for their contempt for our laws.”

This announcement is part of a broader suite of policies that will be needed to make Victoria safe.

It follows earlier announcements by the Liberal-Nationals on bail, sentencing, police resourcing and youth justice.

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