Police Stations

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:58:37): My question is to the Minister for Police. When the Labor Party promised in its election policy to 'introduce new ways to report crime', why didn't they notify the public of South Australia that they were ending some of the traditional ways, such as face-to-face reporting at eight suburban police stations?

The Hon. A. PICCOLO (Light—Minister for Disabilities, Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety) (15:59:00): I thank the honourable member for his question. There are two things: there are more ways than ever for people to report to police, including face to face. In fact, most of the reporting, of course, occurs online or by phone, which the community seems to prefer overwhelmingly. Some of these satellite stations which have been referred to had on average two to three contacts a day and some days had no contacts at all, so the overwhelming contact that our community prefers is in other ways. We are making sure that the resources are utilised in a way to make sure, as the Premier said, we catch villains.

Mr GARDNER (15:59:49): Supplementary, sir: why is it that the people of South Australia were, one year ago, given Labor election material criticising former governments for closing eight police stations and are only now finding out that the Labor government is closing these stations?

The SPEAKER: I haven't heard the expression 'villains' since Gunny was here.

Mr Marshall: I would have thought you would have been very familiar with villains, sir—very familiar with villains!

The Hon. A. PICCOLO (16:00:19): Mr Speaker, I thank the honourable member for his question. We have kept our promise. What we are committed to as a government is making sure our community is safe by having an effective police force, and we have one of those.