Get­ting tough on crime

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan has an­nounced a bold plan to tackle crime should the Lib­er­alNa­tion­als Coali­tion be elected next year.

The Na­tion­als and Lib­er­als say they will take a tough ap­proach to crime and in­tro­duce manda­tory min­i­mum jail sen­tences for the most dan­ger­ous of­fend­ers in our com­mu­nity.

‘‘Vi­o­lent re­peat of­fend­ers shouldn’t be get­ting sec­ond, third and fourth chances to com­mit vi­o­lent crimes — no more ex­cuses, no more sec­ond chances, it’s two strikes and you’re in,’’ Ms Ryan said.

The min­i­mum sen­tences would ap­ply to 11 vi­o­lent of­fences, in­clud­ing rape, ag­gra­vated bur­glary, man­slaugh­ter by sin­gle punch or strike and mur­der, and would ex­tend to all ar­eas of our com­mu­nity.

Ms Ryan said af­ter two years un­der the La­bor Govern­ment’s watch, Vic­to­ria’s crime rate had sky-rock­eted by 20 per cent, while in the Mitchell Shire, the crime rate had risen a whop­ping 43.59 per cent 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.

‘‘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.

‘‘In ad­di­tion to sen­tences that bet­ter re­flect com­mu­nity stan­dards, the Lib­er­als and Na­tion­als will deny pa­role to con­victed mur­der­ers who refuse to dis­close the location of their vic­tims, we will re­in­state Neigh­bour­hood Watch fund­ing, in­tro­duce new car-jack­ing 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 criminals’ su­per­an­nu­a­tion as part of com­pen­sa­tion.’’

Tough on crime: Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan has an­nounced a plan to tackle crime if the Lib­eral-Na­tion­als form govern­ment next year.

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