Dumped Police Minister Rob Johnson says he is “honoured” and “proud” of his contribution to community safety in WA.
In a prepared statement released this afternoon, Mr Johnson, who is in Melbourne for a police ministers' conference, highlighted hoon laws and mandatory jail terms for people who seriously assault police and other public officers as highlights of reforms on his watch.
“I have been honoured to be the Minister for Police and Road Safety for the past four years and am proud of the contribution I have made to community safety in Western Australia,” he said.
“During that time, I have been one of the Liberal National Government’s most prolific legislators and have introduced significant reform to:
- Ensure 100 per cent of revenue from speed and red light cameras flows into the Road Trauma Trust Account.
- Toughen hoon laws to confiscate the vehicles of third-time offenders.
- Offer protection for our police officers against those who seriously assault them.
- Protect WA children by establishing Australia’s first public sex offender register.
- Eradicate “the scourge of drugs in our society by reversing Labor’s failed decriminalisation of cannabis”, as well as introducing mandatory sentencing for anyone who harms a child through the manufacture or supply of drugs.
- Increase penalties for drink and drug drivers, as well as ensure those who have a Blood Alcohol Level of 0.08 or above have their licences suspended immediately at the roadside.
Mr Johnson, a veteran MP of 19 years, said he was “extremely proud to have represented what I believe is the best police force in Australia”.
“I have been privileged to work alongside so many of our dedicated officers from WA Police who put their lives on the line to try to make our streets safer,” he said.
“They are an exceptional group of people and I urge the community to keep supporting them and what they do.
Mr Johnson is due to hold a press conference tomorrow morning in Melbourne.“I am happy to make further comments over the coming days and weeks, however as I am still the WA Police Minister, I will work to the very last hour and represent the community of WA at the Standing Council on Police and Emergency Management in Melbourne,” he said.
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