Gippsland South The Nationals Crime Petition

O’Brien calls for action on rising crime

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, is seeking local support to push the Andrews Labor Government to take action against rising crime.

Mr O’Brien has launched a petition calling on Labor to match the Liberal and Nationals Coalition policy and introduce mandatory sentencing, toughen up the justice system and hold criminals to account.

In April this year, the Liberal-Nationals Coalition announced that, if elected in 2018 it would introduce mandatory minimum jail sentences for the most dangerous offenders in the community. 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 the growing crime statistics for Gippsland South were disturbing.

“Violent repeat offenders shouldn’t be getting second, third and fourth chances to commit violent crimes - no more excuses, no more second chances.”

Figures released by the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency in June showed that crime was growing at an alarming rate locally, with crime in the Wellington and South Gippsland Shires up 18.47 and 41.05 per cent respectively since Labor was elected.

“Our police do their best to keep our streets safe, but their hands are tied by a system that puts offenders back out on the street,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Offenders have been emboldened by the Andrews Labor Government’s watered-down bail laws, weakened sentencing and no increase to frontline police numbers.

“Only the Liberal-Nationals Coalition has a plan for stronger sentencing, tougher parole conditions and a return to the principle that bail is a privilege not a right for violent offenders, but we shouldn’t have to wait for another election before we see change.

“We need a change now, but until this Premier starts to put the rights of innocent Victorians before the rights of violent criminals, we will not see any decline in violent crime rates.”

Mr O’Brien’s petition can be signed online here or alternatively at his office located at 54B Cunningham Street in Sale. 

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