Time For Action On Regional Crime

NSW Nationals

Regional and rural crime has skyrocketed across NSW as the Minns Labor Government continues to ignore the issue.

More stories have been revealed in the media, showing just how severe the situation has become, and prompting renewed calls for a Parliamentary inquiry.

Shadow Minister for Police Paul Toole said the lack of action is not fair to country communities.

“This is a Minister who is failing our regional communities by turning a blind eye to what is happening. We are seeing violent crimes occur on a regular basis, which is leaving families too scared to leave their homes,” Mr Toole said.

“Criminal activity is rife in the regions. People are being bashed in their homes, knifed in their driveways, and having cars stolen from their garages.

“Our country cops are doing the best they can, but they can’t keep going on like this. A Parliamentary inquiry would help to figure out what the core issues are and what our hardworking police need to combat this issue.

“The Minister needs to step up. She is responsible for the policy settings on law and order and has so far failed to provide any direction.

“Every day Labor sits on its hands is another day crime grows out of control. We can’t have residents afraid to step out their front door. It’s no way to live and nobody deserves to feel that way.”

Mr Toole said just last week, Police Minister Yasmin Catley again refused to commit to a Parliamentary Inquiry to address the crime wave, dismissing it as a “talk fest.”

She also conceded she did not speak to Premier Chris Minns ahead of his last-minute trip to Moree, raising questions about the disconnect between them.

“The Minister shows she is not interested in rolling up her sleeves up and doing the hard work to back our police and help our communities,” Mr Toole said.

“The NSW Nationals will continue to shine a light on this crisis, until action is taken so residents and families in the bush can again feel safe.”

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