03 March 2017

Local Member of Federal Parliament Madeleine King has today announced the formation of a Crime and Justice Taskforce which will hear directly from local communities about crime and justice.

In the coming months, the taskforce will travel to Rockingham and across Australia to look at local issues and local solutions when it comes to crime and justice matters.

Ms King said the taskforce would bring together justice experts, law enforcement and local communities to discuss a wide range of crime and justice issues and identify possible policy responses.

“This taskforce is the first of its kind and it is an ideal opportunity for people to raise their concerns and their ideas about how to deal with matters which impact on their lives,” Ms King said.

“At the end of the consultation period, the taskforce will produce a report setting out its findings and these will feed into the development of Labor’s Crime and Justice Strategy ahead of the next Federal election.”

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten selected Ms King and Member for Herbert Cathy O’Toole to act as co-chairs of the taskforce.

“Madeleine brings a wealth of legal and policy expertise to this taskforce,” Mr Shorten said.

Shadow Minister for Justice, and taskforce coordinator, Clare O’Neil, said community safety was a huge issue across Australia with the Government completely dropping the ball on a number of issues from illegal guns, to funding Federal Police and combatting gang violence.”

“I’m looking forward to working with Madeleine and Cathy to come up with smart, sensible policies to the law and order issues affecting people around the country.”