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Crime inquiry comes to Port Stephens and Great Lakes.



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Media Release

Bob Baldwin MP

Federal Member for Paterson

26 May 2004

CRIME INQUIRY COMES TO PORT STEPHENS & GREAT LAKES

The Federal Member for Paterson, Bob Baldwin, has successfully lobbied a federal inquiry into crime, to have hearings in both Raymond Terrace and Forster Tuncurry.

The inquiry is called - Inquiry Into Crime In The Community: Victims, Offenders And Fear Of Crime. It is looking at the extent, impact and fear of crime within the Australian community. Similar hearings have been held throughout Australia.

The Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs will hold hearings on Monday 7th June 2004 from: • 9-11am - at Port Stephens Council in Raymond Terrace • 2-4pm - at Great Lakes Council in Forster Tuncurry

“You only have to look at the stories of crime and vandalism from the Tilligerry Peninsula and the impact that crime is having on small businesses in Forster Tuncurry, to see local examples of how residents are not happy with the level of police resources in the region,” Mr Baldwin said.

“Both of these communities have been calling on their State Labor Governments to act on crime and to provide more police resources that will quicken response times.

“So far those calls have fallen on deaf ears in NSW. Our existing police cannot fight the fight on their own. They need help through resources and funding to provide the public with the service they need and want.

“I encourage anyone who is interested in participating in this inquiry, to contact the secretariat of the committee, to register their interest. It is vitally important that crime issues from a local perspective are discussed at this inquiry and for our region to be represented.”

The committee secretariat can be contacted by phoning 02 6277 2358, faxing 02 6277 4773 or by emailing laca.reps@aph.gov.au The inquiry website can be found at www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/laca/index.htm