Crime costs us over $9b per annum

In what surely must be the next utterance labelled an ideological burp by Cullen, Treasury has released a report that shows crime costs us over $9 billion per annum.

Oh and there is more bad news it is rising and has been for some time. 

The report slams current government policy in several areas, most notablyit suggests;

  • The Crime Reduction Strategy lacked focus, and suggested its goals be shifted from promoting community safety to the more tangible one of reducing the total cost of crime to society.
  • the Government spent considerably less proportionately on "public order" than comparable countries, but also earned less per capita. It would have to spend an extra 16 per cent to match Australia, but this was not realistic.

Of course it will all be National's fault for having the temerity to have been last in power 7 years ago.


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