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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1613


Mr BENNETT (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I present the following petition:

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble pteition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully sheweth:

That they are gravely concerned at the apparent appalling increase in crime in Australia, particularly in densely populated areas;

That they fear the police forces of the various States and Territories are undermanned and underequipped to handle the increase in crime;

That their concern is aggravated by the apparent number of unsolved crimes particularly those involving violence to the individual including murder.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray thai the Honourable Members of the House of Representatives will seek to ensure that the Commonwealth Government will seek, the co-operation of the States and supply extra finance to the States to enable;

(1)   proper town planning and development to halt the increase in densely populated areas which leads to increased crime.

(2)   the proper staffing and equipping nf police forces to enable adequate crime prevention and detection measures to reduce the frightening increase, of both solved and unsolved crime,

(3)   . the proper detention of and rehabilitation of criminals, and

(4)   compensation to victims of crimes of violence, and your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. ,

Petition received and read.







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