The Liberal and Nationals’ plan to tackle crime

12 April 2017

The Nationals in coalition with the Liberals will take a tough approach on crime if elected next year.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said Victorians should feel safe in their homes, but after two years of Labor the state’s crime rate has skyrocketed by 20 per cent.

With crime rates up right across the Euroa electorate since Labor took the reins of government in 2014.

Ms Ryan said it was clear a different approach was needed and the Coalition had a clear plan to tackle crime.

“Rather than more of the same soft on crime approach, an elected Liberal Nationals government would take a tough approach and introduce mandatory minimum jail sentences for the most dangerous offenders in our community,” Ms Ryan said.

“Violent repeat offenders shouldn’t 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.”

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

Ms Ryan said these changes would extend to all areas of our community.

“Perpetrators of domestic violence, who think they can ignore the lessons of earlier violent behaviour, will face long sentences for their contempt for our laws,” Ms Ryan said.

Ms Ryan said it joined a broader suit of earlier announcements by the Liberals and Nationals on bail, sentencing, police resourcing and youth justice which would be needed to make Victoria safer.

“The Andrews Labor Government is not being taken seriously on law and order issues,” Ms Ryan said.

“In addition to sentences that better reflect community standards, the Liberals and Nationals will deny parole to convicted murders who refuse to disclose the location of their victims, we will reinstate Neighbourhood Watch funding, introduce new carjacking offences and abolish cash payment for scrap metal.

“We will name and shame repeat violent offenders, expose the juvenile criminal history of violent adult offenders and we will put victims of crime first.

“This includes providing victims of crime access to criminal’s superannuation as part of compensation.”

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