Locking up Aboriginal ladies at a document fee is deemed price it to safe the votes of these for whom a easy “do the crime, do the time” mantra works. Or it might be if it wasn’t consuming an exponential quantity of public cash.
An ever-greater proportion of state budgets is dedicated to policing and jailing Victorians, on the expense of areas resembling faculties and well being and rehabilitation and housing that may assist forestall offending and reoffending.
Beneath former chief Michael O’Brien, the opposition acknowledged the issue of rising prisoner numbers and known as for a bipartisan strategy, leaving open the opportunity of bail legislation reform.
Man is but to declare his hand on legislation and order. He misplaced the 2018 election when his get together ran exhausting on legislation crime however overcooked the African gang scare.
Victorian taxpayers have good motive to hope that Man sticks with what seems to be a extra measured strategy to those points.
Andrews and Man are each clever politicians. Each know the present scenario is unsustainable, and so they know the options. Neither will give floor, nevertheless, for worry of being labelled by the opposite as “gentle on crime”.
At this level, the 2022 ballot just isn’t shaping up as a law-and-order election. It’s early days, and a single disaster on our streets or media scare marketing campaign is more likely to make extra chest-beating irresistible.
Victoria can’t afford extra expensive “increase or bust” guarantees on police numbers or “most onerous” legal guidelines to lock but extra residents away.
We’d like detente and bipartisan co-operation to undo a few of the hurt already achieved within the identify of legislation and order; pre-election motion could be preferable, however that’s most likely unrealistic.