14 OCTOBER 2019
The Gunner Labor Government was forced to confront its failures on youth justice after the Opposition moved a Censure Motion in the Parliament today.
Opposition Leader Gary Higgins said the serious and significant motion focusing on the crime crisis should be a serious wake up call for the Chief Minister and his Cabinet.
"The CLP Opposition today censured the Government for its inability to address the current crime crisis and failure to fulfil its primary responsibility to keep Territorians safe," he said.
"It is not something we take lightly, but the last three years has seen an escalating crime crisis where Territorians do not feel safe in their homes or businesses.
"We’ve seen some serious offending from children as young as 13, but the Chief Minister and his Cabinet remain in denial on the reality of the situation, and are dismissing the escalation of crime as over reporting by the media.
"This is not what we are hearing from the public, nor from police who say morale among officers is the lowest it’s ever been.
"They, like the Opposition and Territorians, are very concerned with the revolving door of youth re-offending and no ramifications or repercussions."
Mr Higgins said the Opposition would continue its fight to keep Territorians safe.
"Youth justice needs to go back under Corrections where there is the correct custodial environment and expertise to deal with these matters," he said.
"The Gunner Labor Government must reverse changes to remove breach of bail as an offence, and leave the courts open to the public and to the media.
"These changes are things a CLP Government will do, and are things the Gunner Labor Government can do right now so Territorians don’t have to wait 25 years for generational change.
"Territorians deserve action now."