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Member for Western Victoria Region, Bev McArthur used a constituency question in Parliament last week to ask the Minister for Police and Emergency Services about the lack of permanent police presence at the Geelong mall and bus interchange.

Last week, a brawl involving up to eight people including a pregnant woman, took place at the interchange. The Opposition had previously announced a policy of introducing Protective Services Officers in the Geelong Mall in 2015.

Bev McArthur said “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 law-abiding citizens.”

Bev McArthur said “this Labor government has done nothing to protect shoppers, workers and businesses in the heart of Geelong.

Mrs McArthur called on the Minister to maintain “a permanent police or PSO presence in the Geelong mall and bus interchange.”

13 June 2019