Author Archives: Reuben

Urgent need to reform Victoria’s police complaints system

In February 2016 the Victorian parliament will debate reforms to the Independent Broad -based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) to fight corruption.

We welcome changes that will strengthen the ability of IBAC to investigate corrupt public servants, politicians and judiciary and strengthen Victoria’s integrity system with increased powers and scope for the Auditor-General and the Ombudsman.

Police charged over assault of teenagers

Impressive action by a father of one of the teens. Most young people who experience serious mistreatment by police do not challenge it or lodge a complaint . This is because such complaints are dealt with internally by Victoria Police.

2015 in Review

Congratulations to all in the community sector who lobbied against the Federal cuts flagged in the 2014 budget that would have resulted in substantial cuts to frontline services and introduction of highlydetrimental policies including Centrelink waiting periods for unemployed youth. There are still huge gaps in basic services for young people , adequate  public education funding and early intervention and prevention programs.