The Gunner Labor Government is considering a significant cut to policing in Alice Springs – a move that would fly in the face of its commitment to deliver a “no surprises” government.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory and Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Gunner Government should prioritise frontline police resources as part of a proper commitment to community safety across the Northern Territory.
“A visible police presence is critical if our communities are to be safe – and this includes ensuring the police station in Alice Springs is open around the clock,” Minister Scullion said.
“I appreciate the very valuable work performed by police across the Territory and I am disappointed the front counter of the Alice Springs station may soon be closed at night time.
“I seek an assurance from the Gunner Government that it is not cutting services funded through the Coalition Government’s $208 million investment in policing and $81 million for community safety measures in the Northern Territory under the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Investment.
“During the election campaign, Mr Gunner said he was serious on crime but his actions to date do not back up those words.
“The Country Liberals have always prioritised policing and community safety and I am concerned that the approach of the Gunner Government will reverse the positive progress delivered by the Giles Government including to reduce alcohol consumption in Alice Springs.
“I welcome the Gunner Government’s decision to consult on this cut to policing and ask that it reconsiders its approach by placing a higher priority on community safety for residents in Central Australia.”