Hey, did you know there was a “leaders’ debate” on Friday night here in Victoria?
From the intro:
This year, Victorian Labor seeks a record fourth term. The opinion polls are tight, and this time there’s a new player, the Greens, that may have the final say on which of the two main parties can form government…
So, uh – why are they not permitted to participate in the “debate”? Where was the News Ltd whinging about “scrutiny” on this one?
ELSEWHERE: Conscience Votes covers the debate in more detail. Including this:
Baillieu repeated the ‘more police on streets, zero tolerance’ mantra, then added a potentially worrying coda. Police needed to be given the capacity and powers to enforce the law. He didn’t elaborate on exactly what that might entail, but given the new move-on and stop-and-search powers, one can speculate. On his first day in government, he concluded, he would institute tougher sentencing and do away with home detention.
Why? Because we want to use a more expensive system (jail) that is far less effective at rehabilitating people? We want to spend more money making the problem of crime worse? Brilliant.
Labor can have my preferences again.