FactCheck: does Victoria have Australia’s highest rate of crime?

Terrence Goldsworthy, Don Weatherburn

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The Victorian Liberal Party has promised to take a tough stance on crime if elected on November 24, with proposals including mandatory minimum sentencing for repeat offenders of serious crimes (including murder, rape, aggravated home invasions, aggravated burglaries and car-jackings) and an overhaul of the bail system.

At the party’s election campaign launch, Victorian Opposition leader Matthew Guy said Labor had presided over a “law and order crisis”, adding that under Premier Daniel Andrews, “Victoria has won the unenviable title as the state with the country’s highest rate of crime”.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2018


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