McLeish puts Attorney General on notice
THE Victorian Attorney General, Martin Pakula, will be put on notice by Cindy McLeish (MLA, Eildon) when she officially asks him to visit the Mansfield Courthouse.
Raising the issue some months ago during parliament, Ms McLeish asked t hat Mr Pakula visit the courthouse to inspect its non-existent security.
“When I raised the issue, the attorney general indicated he would come up – but he clearly hasn’t made any plans,” Ms McLeish said.
Now, Ms McLeish has said she will take her campaign one step further.
“I’ m going to write and invite him to come to Mansfield – he will then have to officially respond,” she said.
“I’d like to see him here before Christmas.”
Ms McLeish wants the State Government to update the security at the courthouse – particularly the single entry and lack of meeting rooms.
“This needs to be addressed – because modern, safe and secure courts are so important, and it is imperative that the people who are attending court are also kept safe,” she said.
“This is typical of city centric governments – they consider regional Victoria places like Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo.
“The real Victorian country is largely ignored.”
It is the third time Ms McLeish has raised concerns about the Mansfield Courthouse.
Back in September (2016), she invited Shadow Attorney General, John Pesutto, to come to Mansfield and see the magistrates court in action.
At the time, Mr Pesutto said he was shocked to see there were no security measures in place.
“Anyone can walk in and out of the court as they please,” he told the Courier.
“At present, there is one entrance for all and the registrar’s attendance desk, where people report to, is not suitable at all – it is not much bigger than a cupboard.”
Mansfield is the only magistrates court within the Eildon electorate, and hears cases from across the whole region.
WORK NEEDED: After failing to turn up for a visit to inspect the Mansfield Courthouse, the Victorian Attorney General, Martin Pakula, has been officially invited by MP Cindy McLeish to be here before Christmas. Ms McLeish is pictured with Shadow Attorney General, John Pesutto, during a visit last year.