Speeches

07
Mar

Community safety

Speeches

MR RICH-PHILLIPS (South Eastern Metropolitan) (10:15:27) — Since Parliament last sat the crime wave has continued to roll on through the south-east. On Saturday, 24 February, in Frankston a 29-year-old man was bashed unconscious when he tried to defend a woman who was being abused in the car park of a McDonald's. In Dandenong a 19-year-old man at the skate park was attacked by a thug brandishing a knuckleduster who stole his wallet. On Monday, 26 February, in Keysborough a 49-year-old man was bludgeoned in the head with a hammer as he slept next to his wife by three thugs in balaclavas who invaded his home at 2.00 a.m.

On Tuesday, 27 February, in Mentone an 88-year-old man was the victim of a home invasion at 6.00 a.m. On the same day at Dandenong Plaza a group of thugs were throwing shopping trolleys off the roof onto cars below, undeterred by the fact that they were only one block from the police station and the Dandenong Magistrates Court. In Skye on the same day three men with their faces covered invaded a home. A man who was sleeping there confronted the trio and sustained injuries before they escaped.

On Wednesday, 28 February, in Cranbourne West a group of thugs with shotguns ambushed a man as he arrived home and stole his motorbike. On Friday, 2 March, in Mulgrave two men armed with firearms robbed Vegas Waverley Gardens at around 6.30 p.m. in the afternoon and escaped with an unknown amount of cash. Patrons chased the offenders, shots were fired and a man was taken to hospital with head injuries.

Daniel Andrews has weakened our bail laws, he has reduced police powers and he has undermined our courts, and Victorian families continue to be the victims.

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