Minister Bob Cameron today fumbled his way through Question Time in Parliament, failing to address serious issues on policing in Victoria, Shadow Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan said today.
“The Police and Emergency Services Minister continues to remain silent when Victorians deserve a full explanation surrounding a number of failures in his department,” Mr Ryan said.
“Premier Brumby allows Bob Cameron to try and avoid any responsibility. Just yesterday, Minister Cameron washed his hands of the DNA debacle, where it was revealed an innocent man spent 16 months in jail after being charged with a crime which probably didn’t occur and being convicted of that crime on the basis of flawed DNA evidence.
“Then, today in Question Time, the Minister refused to answer five clear questions regarding fundamental issues involving policing in Victoria.
“The Minister could not guarantee that the testing process and test results of DNA samples used in the prosecution of criminal trials were accurate or reliable.
“Bob Cameron gave a contradictory and confusing response to a question regarding the application of privacy laws to the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Victoria Police, DSE and AquaSure, the international corporate consortium which is building the desalination plant. Initially he said the laws did not override the MoU agreement, but later he said they did.
“The Minister refused on four occasions to answer my questions as to whether there is another secret MoU between Victoria Police and those entities building the north-south pipeline.
“The Minister ducked and weaved and did everything but give straight answers.”
Mr Ryan said Victorians needed to have confidence in the justice system and in the right to privacy and Mr Cameron’s performance would only fuel the growing concerns about the capacity of the Minister to do his job.
“Victorians deserve better than this. Our police force is the best in the nation but it is vital that the Minister representing their interests in the Parliament is up to the task. That is not what we witnessed today,” Mr Ryan said.