The war of words continues between One Nation MP Charles Smith and the Minister for Police, Michelle Roberts, as Mr Smith accuses her latest response towards Maddington’s increasing crime rate as fostering a culture of arrogance and denial.
Ms Roberts recently accused Mr Smith of “scaremongering” and “chasing cheap publicity” in response to his calls for more police in Maddington to curb the increasing crime and to protect scared residents.
With WA crime statistics showing a spike in offences from under 1,500 to 2,500 incidents per year over the past decade, Mr Smith questions why Ms Roberts refuses to acknowledge the facts which shows residents’ safety is at risk.
“The unwillingness of the McGowan Labor Government to accept facts is extraordinary. Why is the Police Minister denying there is a huge crime and anti –social problem in the South East suburbs when reports show crime is on the rise in these areas?
“While Ms Roberts insists anti-crime strategies have been put in the place, the statistics show that these strategies have not been effective,” said Mr Smith. Mr Smith’s pleas for extra police have been repeatedly
ignored by the Labor Government who have instead slashed police funding in WA.
“The Minster for Police needs to ask herself who is she defending when she embraces this dangerous culture of denial? “The Labor government needs to reassess their cavalier attitude to crime, put police back into the streets, and support them in making the community safer”Mr Smith said.