My constituency question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. When will the minister place a permanent police or protective services officer (PSO) presence in the Geelong mall and bus interchange?

As reported in today’s Geelong Advertiser, yesterday saw wild scenes yet again in the Geelong mall, with up to eight people, including a pregnant woman, involved in a wild brawl.

This part of the Geelong CBD has had problems with crime, violence and antisocial behaviour for a long time, yet this minister and this Labor government continue to put their heads in the sand and pretend there is no problem, putting the rights of criminals and thugs ahead of those of law-abiding citizens.

The opposition announced a policy of putting PSOs in the Geelong mall and yet this Labor government has done nothing to protect shoppers, workers and businesses in the heart of Geelong.

I again ask the minister when will she put a permanent police or PSO presence in the Geelong mall and bus interchange.

6 June 2019