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More police budget cuts

Posted by: 6PR | 5 October, 2012 - 5:45 PM
$31 million has been wiped from the WA Police budget.

The State Government has told WA Police to slash $10 million from its budget. This latest cut comes after $21 million was wiped from WA Police earlier in the year. Howard Sattler spoke with Police Minister Liza Harvey, WA Police Union President George Tilbury and Shadow Police Minister Michelle Roberts.

Blog comments Your Say

  • There's nothing particularly complicated about any of this. The Barnett Government are playing their usual statistics manipulation propaganda and what worries me about this situation and the disgraceful cover-up and public vilification of a CCC witness re Karl O'Callaghan saga is that the media and public of Western Australia appear to just eat it up. READ: IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO SLASH 31 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE POLICE BUDGET AND EXPECT TO DELIVER ON PROMISED IMPROVED/INCREASED SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC. FURTHER, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE COMMISSIONER DISINGENUOUSLY TRIES TO TELL YOU, THAT THE FRONT LINE WILL NOT TO BE AFFECTED. Vote for Barnett, believe his and the Commissioner lies and condone O'Callaghan's vilification of anyone who questions his status, but please don't stick your head in the sand and let Barnett/Harvey/O'Callaghan urinate on you and call it lemonade.

    Tez Wednesday 10 October, 2012 - 8:24 PM
  • Howard has it got to the point where the police only go to jobs that enable the government to make money out of it like hiding in bushes catching speeders and not worrying about some poor bugger getting all his possessions stolen .. Shame Colin

    John Wednesday 10 October, 2012 - 4:19 PM
  • Slashing the police budget is the worst idea in the history of bad ideas. Are we talking about the men and women that that put their lives on the line on a daily basis so we can all sleep a little more comfortably at night knowing that there are a select few individuals willing to stop crime in our cities?
    Have a look at the current crime in our city and try to understand how a person could bash a 90 year old senior citizen, how a party turns so violent, how people can go around king hitting others and killing them and then seem to be back on the streets in a matter of weeks. The Government should be tripling their funding with a third of it going for a pay rise to the boys and girls that walk, ride, drive our streets.
    Letâ??s see if you have a different view, If you were to lose your son, Daughter, Mother, Father, Sister or brother, to a Murderer , Drunk Driver, Violent Criminal etc.

    Alex Tuesday 9 October, 2012 - 4:15 AM
  • Mr 'Jacko' is correct in his estimation of the 'union guy'. He is just another board member/president playing the usual emotion charged Political football they always have to keep members distracted from the reality that the Union has been selling them out in practical terms for their own promotional prospects since their inception and that is why members still have no compensation, no vicarious liability, no pension plan or other employee rights beyond 1892 status. There is a good reason why the WAPU Board is the best place to get promoted in the WAPOL. Having said that, how exactly can a Minister (lets just presume for a non-discerning moment the most miniscule degree of integrity a Politician can possibly retain) slash 31 million from the Police budget whilst promising improved presence. Does Barnett and his mob really think we are that stupid??? Umm, wait...doh

    Paul Monday 8 October, 2012 - 11:12 PM
  • I agree with the government's cuts across the board (not just police) in times when spending can easilly get out of hand and create a bigger problem down the track. Ms Roberts and the police union guy are just blabbermouths with no financial responsibilities - time they both woke up. The other infrastructures are needed and have been talked about for decades - Barnett's government has got on and done things that Labor just talked about. Regarding the Premier's new office - I recall hearing that long term it will save us money and let's face it, it centralises government into one precinct - a good move

    Jacko Saturday 6 October, 2012 - 1:06 PM

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