Oakleigh Monash Leader

Posted on 12. Apr, 2010 in Letters to the Editor

I refer to the letter (March 30) by Liberal Michael O’Brien, who asserts that a change in government will ensure introduction of tough new penalties of 24 hour bans and on-the-spot fines for anti-social behaviour outside licensed premises. 

This is another example of a lazy opposition not knowing what the actual laws are.

Banning notices for 24 hour periods in entertainment precincts were first brought into law in 2007 and the Brumby Labor Government introduced $234 on-the-spot fines for anti-social behaviour in 2009.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In March  the government announced that these laws were to be toughened further to send a clear message to troublemakers that if you continue to act up and behave inappropriately you will be hit where it hurts most; the hip pocket.

The new laws will give police the power to ban troublemakers from designated or licensed premises for a 72 hour period and the on-the-spot penalties will be doubled to $468.

The bill to toughen up the law and give police the powers they need to tackle drunken and loutish behaviour is before parliament. It is disappointing that the letter indicates that the liberal opposition appears not to support it or our police force.

Liberal Michael O’Brien’s statement ‘After a decade in power, John Brumby has done nothing’ etc is baseless and another sloppy attempt at offering a policy without making an effort to properly research the issue.

Yours faithfully,

Hong Lim MP
Member for Clayton

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