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Reports that the Labor-Green Government plans to cut the number of police on Tasmanian streets in a hasty attempt to rein in spending is another example of how wrong this Government’s priorities are.

The Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Lin Thorp failed to reveal today the extent of her plans to replace civilians manning speed cameras with uniformed officers, effectively slashing the number of police on our streets.

First Labor scrapped its police recruitment for the year, meaning there will be no new officers on the beat. Then the Greens broke their promise to get police out of courts.

Now there is speculation that the few police that are left on the streets will be used to babysit speed cameras.

If this is the Minister's answer to reining in spending, then it is just further proof of just how wrong her priorities really are.

Elise Archer MP
Shadow Minister for Police and Emergency Management
Thursday, 14 April 2011

 

The Minister for Police and Emergency Management clearly has her priorities wrong. 

This morning in Parliament we revealed that at a time when the axe is hanging over the heads of frontline police officers, another part of Minister Thorp’s department was spending money redesigning its logo.

Surely, this isn’t essential and the Minister should be actively looking for savings like this.

Regardless of the cost of the project, the simple fact is that this Government has got its priorities horribly wrong and is clearly struggling to rein in its spending.

Elise Archer MP
Shadow Minister for Police and Emergency Management
Wednesday, 13 April 2011

 

As part of National Youth Week, fellow Tasmanian Liberal Member, Jacquie Petrusma MP, and I took part in a Youth Homelessness Day Event in Hobart in the hope of raising awareness of homelessness in our community.

The theme of the event, ‘Hide and Seek – the hidden nature of youth homelessness’ highlighted the many young people in our community who are homeless and spend each night couch surfing.

Couch surfers are people living in temporary accommodation or temporarily staying on a friend’s or family member’s couch to avoid sleeping rough.

Figures show that nearly half of all homeless people in Australia are children and young people under the age of 25. This figure is simply unacceptable.

There is no doubt that homelessness is just as much of an issue in Glenorchy as it is throughout the rest of the state, and it is important that the community works together to try and put an end to the issue.

The Youth Homelessness Day Event gave young people from right across Southern Tasmania a chance to come and sit on a couch in Hobart’s mall and explain their experiences as a couch surfer.

It was extremely touching to hear firsthand a number of stories about couch surfing occurring right here in our community. It is important that these stories are heard in order to turn the tables on homelessness.

Elise Archer MP
Shadow Minister for Community Development
Liberal Member for Denison
Thursday, 7 April 2011

 

Today’s graduation ceremony for the latest intake of police recruits is a reminder to the community that because of the Labor-Green Government’s budget bungling these will be the last police recruits for a very long time.

We need a constant flow of police recruits to maintain our frontline police services and to replace police that retire or leave the service in Tasmania.

Without more recruits, our frontline police services could be cut and the potential for crime in the community could increase.

Yet Labor and the Greens have axed the latest recruitment round just weeks before it was due to start training because they have run out of money. 

Police Minister Lin Thorp is expecting the community to pay the price for her budget bungling.

Tasmanians are now starting to see and feel the consequences of the Government’s disastrous budget blow outs.

Elise Archer MP
Shadow Minister for Police
Friday, 25 March 2011

 

Tasmanians are beginning to pay the price for the Labor-Green Government’s appalling budget management.

The Minister for Human Services, Cassy O’Connor, opened the next round of the Community Capacity Building Grants program in February this year, but it appears she has now had second thoughts and axed the funding.

The first round of the program provided much needed funds to organisations right around the state.

These organisations rely on funding programs like the Community Capacity Building Grants to provide vital services to the community.  Now the whole community is going to pay for the Government’s budget bungling.

This is just the beginning of the Labor-Green budget slash and burn to cover up the fact that the Government has spent more than it earned for far too long and Cassy O’Connor should be honest with Tasmanians and tell us what other programs are on her hit list.

Elise Archer MP
Shadow Minister for Community Development
Monday, 21st March 2011

 

Revelations that the Labor-Green Government could be eyeing off the emergency rescue helicopter service for its budget slash and burn is disturbing to say the least.

The Premier Lara Giddings has already axed the promised new rescue health helicopter, and the police helicopter will have to continue to pick up the slack. It is therefore vital that the Government properly funds the police rescue helicopter service.

If this is the case, Ms Giddings is now cutting right to the heart of our community’s safety. Tasmania needs this rescue service, and it needs to be properly resourced. Tasmania Police should not be expected to pick up the shortfall at a time when they’re already trying to deal with budget cuts.

The safety of our community is obviously a secondary issue to Ms Giddings and her Cabinet cohorts – first she slashed police numbers by at least 30 by cutting the March recruitment course, and now she’s clearly under-resourcing the rescue service.

The Premier, and Police Minister Lin Thorp must immediately commit to properly funding the rescue service, for the health and safety of all Tasmanians.

Elise Archer MP
Shadow Minister for Police and Emergency Management
Monday, 21st March 2011

 
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