Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price and Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price have welcomed a further one million dollar funding commitment by the Turnbull Government to continue the national Dob in a Dealer campaign run by Crime Stoppers Australia, benefitting communities across the Northern Territory.
One million dollars will be provided from assets confiscated as proceeds of crime, meaning the programme will be funded by money that was once destined to line the pockets of our most serious criminals.
Senator Scullion said Dob in a Dealer is a call to action to Territorians to provide Crime Stoppers with information to assist law enforcement disrupt the import, manufacture and supply of ice and other harmful illicit drugs.
“I encourage Territorians to anonymously contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppers.com.au to ‘dob in’ those people profiting from the use of illicit drugs in our community,” Senator Scullion said.
Mrs Ganley said drugs such as ice can have a devastating impact on our local communities.
“As a legal member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal and former NT coroner, I have seen first-hand the terrible impact of drugs on families. The Country Liberals recognise that police can’t fight this on their own, and that our community can play a strong part to undermine any criminal business models operating in our local area,” Mrs Ganley said.
Ms Price said Territory Labor’s do nothing approach to drugs and crime in the Territory is badly damaging our community.
“While crime has spiralled out of control under Michael Gunner’s watch, only the CLP can be trusted to deliver the strong and effective measures needed to maintain law and order in our community,” Ms Price said.
The last Dob in a Dealer campaign, which ran between February 2016 and March 2017, saw an average national increase of 95 per cent in drug-related information reports, including an increase of 143 per cent in the number of amphetamine-related reports from the public.
During 2016 in the Northern Territory, Crime Stoppers saw a 129 per cent increase in drug-related information reports and a 101 per cent increase in amphetamine-related information reports thanks to the Dob in a Dealer campaign.
Senator Scullion said the Turnbull Government was absolutely committed to tackling the scourge of ice and other drugs impacting our local communities.
“Dob in a Dealer builds on the work this Government is already doing to address the impact of drug and alcohol misuse in our communities through an investment of more than $685 million over four years, and the establishment of the National Ice Taskforce.
“In contrast, the Labor Government raided the accounts of our law enforcement agencies to prop up their budget bottom line. At the last election, Labor committed just $32 million to tackle ice and illicit drug use,” Senator Scullion said.
If you have information about someone who is manufacturing or dealing drugs you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppers.com.au. You can remain anonymous.
Increase in drug and amphetamine-related Information Reports from the previous Dob in a Dealer campaign.
|State/Territory||% increase in drug-related Information Reports||% increase in amphetamine-related Information Reports|
|Australian Capital Territory||46%||124%|
|New South Wales||107%||149%|