Media Release

02 May 2017

O’Donohue: Victoria – taxes up 20% and crime rates up 20%

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Victoria – taxes up 20% and crime rates up 20%

Despite a soaring crime rate up over 20 per cent and an acknowledgement by the Police Minister that Victorians don’t feel safe in their own homes, there is no funding for new police stations or to reopen those that Daniel Andrews has closed.

Following two years of inaction, there is currently a crisis in frontline police numbers at police stations right across the state with virtually no change in the number of police deployed to stations since November 2014, despite both rising crime and population.

The first of the new promised police will not be deployed until March next year, well into the fourth year of the Andrews Government.

Since Daniel Andrews was elected, Victoria’s population has grown by over 300,000 and the crime rate has increased by over 20% and yet police numbers have only increased by 374.

Despite crime up over 20% and three Budgets from Daniel Andrews, there are fewer maximum security prison beds operating now than November 2014.

This budget is all about Daniel Andrews’ political interests, not the interests of Victorians who just want to be able to pay their bills and know their families are safe.