Today’s announcement the Gunner Labor Government is reversing its ill-thought plan to shut the Alice Springs Police Station during night-time hours is a win for common sense and the citizens of Central Australia.
“I welcome the decision, following the calls from myself and the whole community, to reverse this drastic cut to police services in Alice Springs that would have impacted on community safety and the responsiveness of police,” Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion said.
“This decision means the residents of Alice Springs and surrounding regions can continue to have the 24-hour police service that is a vital part of an effective law and order service.
“The decision to announce this decision late today when most Territorians have started their Australia Day celebrations is a cynical exercise in the hope the issue will quietly go away.
“And where have Warren Snowdon and Malarndirri McCarthy been on this issue? They have been terribly vocal on the ABC shortwave issue but very quiet when the Gunner Government indicated it wanted to cut police services in Alice.
“It is a sign of the lack of consultation of the Gunner Government that even members of the Government like Scott McConnell only found out about public meetings through social media.
“The Gunner Government needs to recognise that it is a Government for all Territorians – and stop making decisions from Darwin without any regard to the views of Central Australia.
“I hope that when the Chief Minister returns from his January vacation that he changes his Government’s approach and starts working to improve the lives of Territorians in a proper partnership with community, rather than cutting his way through Government.”