16 March 2016 - Territory Labor Leader and Shadow Police Minister, Michael Gunner, said today that the CLP have not only failed to keep their promise of 120 extra police within three years, but the numbers are actually going backwards.
“This government’s three and a half years of chaos, infighting and broken promises has seen them to fail Territorians on tackling anti-social behaviour,” Mr Gunner said.
The Police Association President and CEO, Paul McCue, said today on local radio that the police numbers are less than they were three years ago.
"Obviously we look at last year’s annual report which was out quite late in the year I might add. You look at the numbers in there and in black and white; the numbers are less than they were three years ago so for us that’s a significant concern. I think we’ve had since October last year some 35 resignations and retirements and I would think we’re not even keeping up with that attrition and that’s a significant concern for us because it not only impacts immediately it impacts in the long term to address things like anti-social behaviour." -Paul McCue – NT Police Association President and CEO, Mix 104.9 16 March 2016
“Not only have the CLP already failed to deliver on their election promise of 120 extra police within three years, but they’ve failed to do any real work to attract more police.”
“As a result, police resources are stretched and the CLP have no plans to fix it.
“The CLP also promised to open the Nightcliff Police Station and make it operational 24/7 but once again, the CLP have failed to deliver on this key election promise to Territorians.
“Only Labor has a plan to tackle anti-social behaviour by properly resourcing our Police force and reintroducing the Banned Drinker’s Register which provided a point of sale intervention of alcohol for problem drinkers across the entire Territory.
“Police said that the Banned Drinker’s Register was the best tool they had at fighting alcohol related violence and crime.”
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9 December 2015 - Territory Labor Leader, Michael Gunner, today called on the Territory Insurance Office (TIO) to urgently reconsider its decision to not compensate veteran fireman John (Jock) McLeod.
“I am deeply concerned that veteran firefighter, Jock McLeod, has had his bid for his workers compensation for work related illness rejected by TIO,” Mr Gunner said.
“Jock McLeod, like many other front line Territory emergency workers, has put his life on the line saving Territorians. Jock deserves to be looked after for his work related illness.
“Today’s decision is unjust and would not be supported by the majority of the Territory.
“Like anyone injured at work, Jock deserve to be adequately compensated,” Mr Gunner said.
Shadow Minister for Police, Lynne Walker, today said the NT crime statistics released today show there have been alarming increases in property crime in the Territory.
The NT crime statistics show a massive increase in break-ins across the Territory. There has been a 23.7 percent increase in domestic break-ins Territory wide; with an increase of 67.9 percent in Darwin,73.2 percent in Palmerston. Along with a rise in commercial break-ins of 103.7 percent in Palmerston, and 20.7 percent in Alice Springs.
Vehicle thefts have also increased by 27.9 percent; with a 38.4 percent increase in Darwin, a 55.8 percent increase in Palmerston.
Ms Walker said recent events have also highlighted the worrying levels of property crime and youth antisocial behaviour.
“Sadly many Territorians know from their own experiences that more needs to be done to tackle property crime in the Territory,” Ms Walker said.
“The Easter break saw increases in criminal activity, especially in Alice Springs, which has led to the formation of a taskforce to identify the root causes of this activity.
“The CLP Governments cuts to youth services, cuts to school holiday programs, are clear areas that need to be addressed by this taskforce to prevent future criminal activity.”
“While alcohol related crime has reduced statistically on the whole for the Territory, it is still a major issue for Darwin - which saw a 5.8 percent increase - and Palmerston, where access to alcohol by problem drinkers remains unfettered,” Ms Walker said.
“Territorians can see with their own eyes the scourge of alcohol fuelled violence and domestic violence in the Territory.
“The CLP Government’s limited alcohol management policy, of posting Territory Police at the front of bottle shops, while making small statistical gains, it cannot be ignored that it is draining on police resources, and is not sustainable.
“The Member for Katherine, Willem Westra van Holthe, revealed the Katherine Alcohol Rehabilitation facility will not be going ahead further narrowing the CLP’s armory to tackle problem drinking to unsustainable Temporary Beat Locations.
“The CLP Government needs to find a solution that is broad and holistic and acknowledge the constant recommendations by experts and calls to reinstate the Banned Drinkers Register – such as that by outgoing Police Association President, Vince Kelly.
“Territorians want the CLP Government to move away from their kneejerk reactions to tackling crime and adopt well thought, multifaceted long term strategies.”
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NT Shadow Minister for Police, Lynne Walker, today called on the Chief Minister, Adam Giles, to remove himself from any role in creating the Terms of Reference for an Independent Judicial Inquiry as there are serious unanswered questions as to what he knew, and when, surrounding the allegations of the former Police Commissioner’s interference in a criminal investigation.
“Adam Giles has said he will make available his emails, phone records and text messages when he announced the Judicial Inquiry would be established. If even he has identified he’s the subject of rumours then he has a clear conflict of interest and should stand aside from any involvement in establishing the Inquiry,” Ms Walker said.
‘Last week Adam Giles said:
“The allegations that have been coming out about senior members of the police force actively running a coup or a campaign in cahoots with some alleged politicians, is a significant problem. That is spreading to the point of the Police Commissioner being removed albeit under a cloud of allegations and also this challenge today.” (Media conference Tuesday 3 February.)
“I have good evidence that this has involved an orchestrated political coup to get rid of the police commissioner, the former one, and there have been the involvement of members of parliament. The judicial inquiry will have a look at it. If I find that there is evidence they'll go, and I'll take them to court. (Alice Springs branch meeting secret recordings Wednesday 4 February.)
“The circumstances around the undermining process, spreading rumours about myself by one parliamentary member in particular and the upper echelons of police, I think is very bad and signifies a significant problem within police, hence the judicial inquiry that I've just announced.” (Alice Springs branch meeting secret recordings Wednesday 4 February.)
“I will be making available to the judicial investigator in regards to this process, access to all emails, phone records, text messages and to find out who knew what, when. There have been a series of allegations and rumours made today, particularly in relation to some senior police and members of the political fraternity on the Country Liberals party side.” (Alice Springs branch meeting secret recordings Wednesday 4 February).
“What evidence does Adam Giles have? Has he provided that evidence to the Public Interest Disclosure Commissioner or the Ombudsman who are currently investigating the allegations into the former Police Commissioner John McRoberts?" Ms Walker said.
“Will Adam Giles come clean on who in the Country Liberals party he is accusing of being involved in a political coup?”
Ms Walker said that the outrageous attack Adam Giles made against Police, that he now says ‘went too far’ has made his position untenable.
“We have a Government embroiled in political infighting and a Chief Minister who shoots from the hip with unsubstantiated outrageous allegations. That is no way to run the Territory,” Ms Walker said.
“If they can’t run themselves, they certainly can’t run the Territory.”
The NT Police Crime Statistics ending October 2014 reveal that it has taken no less than 797 days for the CLP Government to get violent crime down to around the same levels they inherited them in 2012, a far cry from their promise to reduce crime by 10 percent each year.
“Since taking office in 2012, we saw an explosion of crime when the CLP Government irresponsibly scrapped the Banned Drinker Register; cut the police budget; closed police beats and failed to deliver the promised 120 extra police,” Shadow Minister for Police, Lynne Walker said.
“Crime went out of control; and 2013 was the most violent year in Territory history.
“For over two years the Territory suffered while the CLP Government lurched from crisis to crisis with no direction on how to tackle the crime scourge.
“The CLP broke their promise of 120 extra police, and tried to claim the 94 police given to the former Labor Government by the former Federal Labor Government was part of that commitment, despite there now being 61 less police than there were at the same time last year.
“Darwin and Palmerston are bearing the brunt with record levels of violent crime – with 2220 crimes against the person occurring in Darwin alone in the past 12 months.
“The CLP have also abandoned the Alcohol Policy and Mandatory Alcohol Treatment portfolios to avoid accountability on the biggest social issue in the Territory, alcohol misuse.
“Where crime still rages, with an increase in house break-ins of 37.7 percent in Darwin, and Alcohol related assaults up 7.3 percent in Palmerston, 10 police officers have been removed and sent to Katherine to man bottle shops – which is stretching police resources even further.”
Media contact: Cathryn Tilmouth 0427 500 667