Aimed at those who are found guilty of a second violent offence, having been found guilty of a prior serious violence offence, these minimum terms will be hefty and send a very loud message that we will come down heavily on those who think they can continue to defy the law and subject their fellow citizens to the indignity of violence, fear and intimidation.
“Our policy for mandatory minimum jail times is the biggest sentencing reform in Victoria’s history,” Ms Peulich said.
“Two years of the Andrews Labor Government has seen per capita cuts to police numbers right across the City of Greater Dandenong and a weakening of bail and sentencing laws that have exposed the municipality to the daily trauma of car-jackings, home invasions, armed robberies and gang violence.”
Crime is up 5.6% in the City of Greater Dandenong for the year ending 2016. There has been an extraordinary 300.0% jump in homicide and related offences, 200.0% increase in public security offences, 62.9% jump in dangerous and negligent acts endangering people, 27.7% rise in robbery, 26.4% hike in burglary / break and enter, 19.6% increase in assault and related offences and 14.5% jump in drug use and possession as well as a 14.1% rise in deception offences.
“Greater Dandenong residents have had enough of the Andrews government going soft on crime, it's time for a new approach, a tough approach, no more excuses, no more second chances, its two strikes and you’re in,” Ms Peulich said.
These changes are not only directed at violent gangs. They extend to all areas of our community where violence is all too prevalent. Domestic violence in Greater Dandenong is rising and is a key area where it is absolutely vital to come down heavily on re-offenders. These laws would see recidivist domestic violence perpetrators go away for a long time.
“Mandatory jail times will be the most meaningful change to dealing with family violence in the City of Greater Dandenong and cowards who think they can keep getting away with family violence will likely be facing mandatory jail times of at least ten years,” Ms Peulich said.
This announcement is part of a broader suite of policies that will be needed to make the City of Greater Dandenong safe, and joins earlier announcements by the Liberal Nationals on bail, sentencing, police resourcing and youth justice.
Further Information Contact: Inga Peulich MLC (03) 9772 1366