Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Justice Matters

WA Labor reinforces commitment to protecting victims of domestic violence

Labor Statement

WA Labor welcomes today's commitment by the Liberal's for two new refuges for women and children escaping domestic violence, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said domestic violence was a horrendous crime which had devastating, lifelong effects for victims and their families.

Life’s cheap for some rogue mining companies

Greens Statement

Robin Chapple MLC, Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region, and Greens WA spokesperson for Mining matters, today lamented the all-too-predictable outcome of a failed system, whereby the Central Norseman Gold Corporation (in administration) was slapped on the wrist with a paltry $15,000 fine over the tragic death of the late Mr Rene Ponce while working in its OK mine in 2010.

Vandals to be forced to clean up graffiti

Liberal Statement

Every graffiti vandal will be forced to clean up graffiti damage under tough new laws to be introduced by a Liberal Government, if re-elected.
Premier Colin Barnett said a Liberal Government will create a new ‘Graffiti Vandalism Enforcement Act’ which would consolidate existing graffiti laws and require courts to impose a graffiti clean-up order on adult and juvenile graffiti offenders.

Barnett’s mandatory sentencing will not work

Kevin Morgan - Cottesloe Candidate

Colin Barnett’s mandatory sentencing policy will not reduce instances of violent crime associated with home invasions, and challenges Barnett to release any evidence upon which this policy decision is based.

Kevin agrees with assertions made in PerthNow yesterday (7/2/2013) by Australian Lawyers Alliance WA president Tom Percy that harsher penalties will not work, and could lead to increasingly extreme cases of violence as perpetrators “won’t want there to be any witnesses – no survivors”.

WA Labor to protect seniors from financial elder abuse

Labor Statement February 22

A WA Labor Government will change laws relating to Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) to combat and prevent financial elder abuse, Shadow Minister for Seniors Margaret Quirk said today.

Ms Quirk said financial abuse is the most common form of elder abuse and generally involves a family member seeking to transfer financial or real property. Research shows 84 per cent of people experiencing financial abuse also experience psychological abuse.

Barnett Exerts His Influence on Free Speech

Premier Colin Barnett's admission in the press that he may have played some role in the controversial Dutch MP Gert Wilders canceling a speaking engagement in Perth is cause for discussion.

Whether disgusted or sympathetic to Wilders views the right to free speech must be a sacred and protected right in Australia.

Targeting crime hotspots with rapid response

Liberal Statement

A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will take back the streets in high crime areas by funding three new mobile police posts and additional police patrol in identified high crime areas.

Premier Colin Barnett said if re-elected, the Liberal Government will provide $3.7million over four years to acquire, operate and staff the additional mobile police facilities (MPFs).

Labor’s invests $7m to help fight cyber crime

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will invest $7million over five years to fund world-leading research to help combat cyber crime, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said this funding will help Edith Cowan University's Security Research Institute to secure federal funding to create the $100million Cyber Cooperative Research Centre.

WA Labor’s policy to judge the Judges

Labor Statement

A McGowan Government will establish the Western Australian Sentencing Council to ensure sentences handed out to criminals reflect the community's opinions, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said the Council would be an independent body with nine members and report to the WA Parliament.

Liberals’ night court promise will come up short

Labor Statement

The Liberal Party's plan to have magistrates sit seven days a week and at night is yet another admission of the Barnett Government's failure to get crime under control, Shadow Attorney General John Quigley said today.

Mr Quigley said Colin Barnett's failure to honour his election promise to employ an additional 500 police officers has seen crime steadily increase across WA over the past four and-a-half years.

Barnett Gags Ministers from meeting Police Union

Police Union President has been critical of Premier Colin Barnett for gagging some WA Ministers.

George Tilbury has said Barnett has order some Ministers not to meet with the Western Australian Police Union.

Hoons face even tougher penalties

Liberal Statement February 17

Any hoon caught terrorising suburban streets will face immediate, permanent confiscation of their vehicle if a Liberal Government is re-elected on March 9.

Premier Colin Barnett said the suite of new measures will focus on targeting hoon behaviour in suburban areas.

Enough is Enough - road safety

Open to the Minister of Police and Road Safety by Enough is Enough organisation.

I now take this opportunity with the election in sight to reiterate those ideas, particularly given the horrific start to the year on WA roads, the worst in the nation. Enough is Enough WA Inc. represents over 5,600 members, including many victims of road tragedies. We are calling on the Western Australian Government to consider the proposals outlined below in an effort to save lives, and work with the community towards a zero toll future on WA roads.

Liberals take sudden interest in catching hoons

Labor Statement

WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan welcomed the Liberal Party's new hoon laws, following four and-a-half years of inaction on the issue, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

"The Barnett Government has had the longest term of Government in State history, yet its attempts to eradicate hooning have failed," Mr McGowan said.

Plight of mentally impaired accused is worse, not better

Greens Statement January 8

The threat of mandatory time or being kept indefinitely in jail continues to hang over the heads of the State’s mentally impaired accused people following the Barnett/Grylls Government’s failure to undertake desperately needed law reform during its term of government.

Greens spokesperson for mental health and disabilities Alison Xamon said that despite constant lobbying from community groups, the devastating consequence of the Government’s so-called “tough on crime” legislative agenda still remained.

Building a better CCTV network

Liberal Statement

Premier Colin Barnett said a Liberal Government, if re-elected, will fund additional CCTV cameras and introduce a coordinated State CCTV network, which will assist in targeting problem areas, and ensure more effective police tasking.

WA Labor unveils community safety plan for suburbs and towns

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will combat crime and antisocial behaviour in our communities by providing $16million over four years to its SAFER Suburbs SAFER Towns fund, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor will reverse the Barnett Government's bad decision to slash the Community Safety and Crime Prevention fund.

Toughest penalties in Australia for home invasions

Liberal Statement

A Liberal Government will introduce legislation to tighten mandatory sentencing laws for serial burglars and impose the toughest penalties in Australia for serious home invasions.

WA Labor to deliver 500 extra police officers

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will make our communities safer with 500 extra police officers, in addition to the 170 new officers allocated in the existing budget making a total of 670 additional officers by 2017-18.

Mark McGowan said WA Labor will also provide a minimum of three new police stations and extra funding to support the expansion of the Mounted Police.

Independent inquiry into Banksia incident

Minister Statement 21 January

Corrective Services Minister Murray Cowper has directed the Inspector of Custodial Services, Neil Morgan, to undertake a full inquiry into the incident at Banksia Hill Detention Centre on January 20, 2013.

2 Faces of Dept of Environment and Conservation

Department of Environment and Conservation has shown little compassion or assistance to families that have lost out from a fire in Nannup.

Failure of management and Ministerial responsibility at Hakea

Labor Statement

A damning report by the Inspector of Custodial Service into Hakea Prison exposed a catalogue of failures including overcrowding, lack of maintenance, vermin infestations and a near complete breakdown of trust between management and prison officers, Shadow

Porter Refused to Meet With Scarlet Alliance

Christian Porter when the Attorney General for Western Australia refused to meet with Scarlet Alliance in 2009 and 2010 to discuss the draft WA Prostitution Bill.

Making our streets safer: Tackling knife crime

What Labor Will Do

Labor will double the penalties for people who carry dangerous knives:

  • Anyone carrying a prohibited knife will face a maximum six years imprisonment and $72,000 fine
  • Anyone carrying a knife classified as a controlled weapon will face four years imprisonment and a $48,000 fine
  • Anyone carrying a dangerous or offensive weapon in, or within 50m, of a public entertainment venue, or in the company of at least two other people will face six years imprisonment and a $72,000 fine

New family violence legal service for Perth

Liberals Statement

The State Government has committed $600,000 a year to establish a metropolitan legal service for indigenous victims of family violence, including people who had been sexually abused or those at immediate risk of such violence.

WA Govt Received Independent Recommendations on Sex Reform

The WA government funded an independent report into the Sex Industry that was produced in 2010.

Despite this report action in regard to Sex Workers has seen continual delay in the WA parliament.

The 8 key recommendation are detailed.

Greens Sex Worker Law Reform and Protection

Following our request to WA political parties on their policy on Sex Workers the Greens have followed up with confirmation of the following feedback supplied to the WA Attorney General in 2011.

Nannup Fire Issue Seems To Be In Embers

Another fire issue seems to be in embers in the Nannup region.

More Protection For Public Disclosure

Changes to the Public Interest Disclosure Act in West Australia came into effect on 21 November 2012.

The act is designed to facilitate the disclosure of public interest information, and provides protection for those making such disclosures and those who are the subject of disclosures.

Ashburton council temporarily suspended

Ministerial Statement

Local Government Minister John Castrilli today announced the suspension of the Shire of Ashburton in the State’s Pilbara region for a period of six months.

Information Commissioner Clarifies Third Parties Rights

Information Commissioner Sven Bluemmel has in his 2012 Annual Report clarified the situation in regard to third parties and Freedom of Information requests.
He stated the area which continued to cause confusion was the rights of third parties.

WA Labor makes crime and safety in suburbs a priority

Press Release

A WA Labor Government will establish a Safer Suburbs Fund to combat crime and antisocial behaviour in our suburbs, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said the program would support and work with the local community to prevent crime in the suburbs.

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