Crime victims left hanging by Police Minister
20 August 2018
Police Minister Lisa Neville has ignored an invitation to meet with victims of crime in the Euroa electorate for nearly a year.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan invited the Minister to visit in September last year but despite having only 30 days to respond, the Minister has left communities hanging.
Ms Ryan expressed disappointment saying these communities deserved to be heard.
“Almost one year ago I told Minister Neville in Parliament about a number of people who had been impacted by incidents of crime across the Euroa electorate and invited her to meet with them,” Ms Ryan said.
“This included Jane Starey who owns the Avenel Maze and had tools and more than $4000 cash stolen, Peter Cocks from Waranga Shores whose home was invaded, and Sharon Moore from Shepparton who had two men break into her house when she was home alone.
“These are real people who have lived through horrific experiences and deserve better from the Minister.”
Ms Ryan said police across the Euroa electorate did an outstanding job, but were under huge pressure.
“Our police do everything in their power to protect us, however with a government that is not taking rising crime rates seriously, they are up against it,” Ms Ryan said.
“They are dealing with a sentencing regime that often does not support them. When they arrest someone the offender in some instances beats them back out onto the street.
“We have pledged to put the rights of victims ahead of the rights of criminals. It’s just a shame the current Police Minister will not do the same.”