Labor’s Minister Neville Misleads on Police Record

EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD

TUESDAY 7TH JUNE

MEMBERS STATEMENTS

Police resources

Mr WELLS (Rowville) — This statement condemns the Andrews Labor government for attempting to rewrite history and denigrate the previous coalition government’s proud record on the resourcing of Victoria Police in contrast to Labor’s appalling record to date on frontline police resourcing. The facts are that the coalition fully funded and delivered 1900 extra sworn police and 950 protective services officers (PSOs) between 2010 and 2014 — the single largest police recruitment program in Victoria Police history.

The new Minister for Police was blatantly wrong when she deliberately made several misleading statements to this house last sitting week, including that the coalition did not fund one sworn police officer.

When the coalition came to government in December 2010 it found that Labor had left a legacy of a diabolical financial mess. The state’s finances were technically in the red, the state budget in 2010 only being in surplus due to having been propped up by the commonwealth’s stimulus grant program. The coalition also faced massive revenue writedowns. In 2010 extra police were promised, but these police were only able to be funded and delivered due to the good economic management and budgetary discipline of the Baillieu and Napthine Liberal-Nationals governments. Without the hard budgetary decisions and the $1.6 billion savings program, the promise of extra police would have never been delivered. I reiterate the coalition is very proud of its record of supporting Victoria Police.