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Bettison’s gaffe on Youth Justice Bill

Minister for Youth Zoe Bettison made an embarrassing gaffe in Parliament yesterday, claiming that the Government's Youth Justice Administration Bill had been introduced in Parliament last year, when in fact it had not.

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Liberals welcome appointment of SA’s first female Deputy Police Commissioner

The State Liberals have welcomed the appointment of Deputy Police Commissioner Linda Williams, South Australia's first female Deputy Police Commissioner.

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Police station closures highlight Labor hypocrisy

The Weatherill Labor Government's decision to allow the closure of eight police stations around Adelaide reeks of hypocrisy.

Police Commissioner Gary Burns has announced the closure of eight satellite police stations at Malvern, Firle, Hallett Cove, Newton, North Adelaide, Blakeview, Pooraka and Tea Tree Gully. All stations will close on 30 June.

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Piccolo must address concerns about SAPOL restructure

Piccolo must address concerns about SAPOL restructure

Embattled Minister Tony Piccolo must address concerns raised by the Police Association of South Australia over a planned restructure of SAPOL.

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Police restructure must not be hijacked by Labor's budget cuts

A planned restructure of SA Police, which has come under fire from the Police Association, must not be hijacked by the Weatherill Labor Government's Police budget cuts, according to the State Liberals.

"Any restructure of police must be focused on improving operational outcomes for better public safety, not on cost-cutting," said Shadow Police Minister John Gardner.

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Liberals introduce amendments to strengthen crime laws

The State Liberals have introduced amendments to strengthen the Weatherill Labor Government's Extended Supervision Orders (ESO) legislation in Parliament this week.

The Government has introduced a Bill to create Extended Supervision Orders, whereby certain offenders considered to be at a high risk of re-offending have supervision orders placed on them at the conclusion of their sentence.

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Liberals welcome appointment of new Police Commissioner

The State Liberals have welcomed the appointment of Deputy Police Commissioner Grant Stevens as South Australia's new Police Commissioner.

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Labor ridiculed over election promise failure

The Weatherill Labor Government's refusal to admit that it will not meet its "Recruit 300" election promise was ridiculed today in Parliament, with comparisons made to Monty Python's sketch in which the shopkeeper maintains that the dead parrot is alive despite all evidence to the contrary.

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Police send prisons the bill for use of cells

Prison overcrowding in South Australia has become so frequent that Police Commissioner Gary Burns has asked for reimbursement of costs borne by SA Police when police cells were used by Corrections to manage prison overcrowding.

Mr Burns told Parliament's Budget and Finance Committee this week that he has written to David Brown, the head of SA's Corrections Department, asking for reimbursement.

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Labor’s broken police promise

Yesterday's Budget and Finance Committee saw further evidence given that the Weatherill Government will not come anywhere near meeting its 'Recruit 300' police election promise.

Projected police numbers for 2017-18, provided by Police to the Committee, identify that there will be 4,421.1 sworn officers, plus 36 community constables, and 188 police cadets – a total of 4,645.1.

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