Mr M. O'BRIEN (Malvern) — Crime is skyrocketing in Stonnington under Labor. Crime Statistics Agency data shows that between 2014 and 2015 offences in Stonnington jumped by 9.5 per cent. In my electorate of Malvern the increase was even higher — 11.7 per cent. In this month alone my electorate has seen a woman robbed at gunpoint in a Malvern park at 7.30 in the morning, on 7 March. Just two days later an Armadale family with two young children experienced a horrifying home invasion at 3 o'clock in the morning when, according to Victoria Police, four men of African appearance armed with baseball bats tried to smash their way inside their home.
While the coalition increased sworn police numbers by 1900, Labor is cutting police numbers and closing police stations. Nearby Burwood police station has been closed by Labor. Ashburton station is now closed five days a week. Malvern police station had over $1.5 million invested in it by the former coalition government, but with Labor's cuts, how long will it continue to provide around-the-clock protection to the people of my electorate? With crime rates spiralling out of control, the Andrews Labor government must immediately commit to keeping Malvern's police station open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Anything less will be an abandonment of the hardworking people of my community, a slap in the face to the brave police officers who protect them and a victory for the crooks and the thugs.