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SENATOR SID SPINLJLLR AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRAT SENATOR FOR VICTORIA

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28 October 1992 PR 92576

WHOA MR- KENNKTTI

The axing of transit security officers on trains has put a joint

community/transport department initiative in jeopardy.

The "Safe-Train" project involves local community groups working with transit patrol officers in ensuring that train stat ions and trains are safe for travellers.

"It is a community safety, not an industrial relations issue,- the funds saved would be minimal compared to the risks women travellers in particular would face," said Senator Sid Spindler Australian Democrat Law and Justice Spokesperson.

"Police resources are already over stretched and will not be able to effectively deal with the additional task of patrolling trains.

"Any changes must be accompanied by guarantees are given to transport users and the community that safety will bo maintained and that for their efforts local communities will continue to receive cooperation for their efforts."

Senator Spindler suggested that "security and safety are public issues and require community consensus and commitment for new initiatives. The "Safe-Train" project is one such initiative and should be encouraged."

"The project which involves a number of community groups including the Australian Democrats, Apex, and Rotary is a unique initiative in security which must not be put at risk," according to Greta Jungworth, Democrat La Trobe Branch President.

Ms. Jungworth said that "the safety of commuters must be the priority of any changes to security staffing.

"Our work on this project has been extensive.We have worked well with the Transit Patrol, and Mr Kennett should not trample on these efforts and the safety of travellers."

For more information contact; Senator Sid Spindler 03 416 1880 (W) 03 859 5607 (H) Ms Greta Jungworth 03 754 2440

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