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SSC Newspaper : SS9 February 2011
michael chau faces icac. see page 7 VALID UNTIL 31 MARCH 2011. *CONDITIONS APPLY Crime rate takes centre stage as poll heats up liberal’s challenge: let’s have a debate skill up for business Four page special report. www.ourstrathfield.com.au • february 2011 FREEwhere your voice matters by peter lynch and bernadette chua Policing the streets of Strathfield has emerged as a major issue in the State election – but no candidate can agree on how to tackle local crime. Only Independent Mark Sharma was prepared to pledge the return of the municipality’s police station, though Liberal contender Charles Casuscelli said he would “fight for the re-establishment of a fully functioning police station in Strathfield”. He said a state Liberal government would review all police station locations. Casuscelli issued a tough statement claiming criminals “feel safer in the Strathfield electorate after 16 years of Labor”. He accused sitting member Virginia Judge of the first election blooper, saying a statement she made about Flemington police station being a back up was wrong It has been closed for over a decade, he said Judge told The Inner West Courier last month: “It’s better you have your services consolidated around this area and we still have the back- up of Flemington.” In a statement to the Scene, Judge maintained crime was falling, police numbers had been boosted and a $17 million state-of-the-art station had opened in Burwood. She said she would continue to fight for resources to be allocated locally to help beat crime. Casuscelli maintained that crime was, in fact, rising, and he promised more “cops on the beat”, enhanced transit police powers and strengthened ‘move-on’ powers. The Scene asked all candidates to state their positions following moves to place more CCTV cameras in the town centre to help deter robberies. Story continues on page 4 baby without nappies? Mum sparks debate See page 3 The Liberal and Independent candidates for the Strathfield seat in the State election in March have challenged sitting member Virginia Judge to a public debate. Charles Casuscelli (pictured shaking Judge’s hand on Australia Day) said he was willing to appear “on any platform at any time”. Independent Mark Sharma said he would like voters to have the chance to see the candidates debate. Judge refused to take part in a public debate, saying she would stand on her record. “I believe our community wants to see outcomes and tangible results, not a talkfest,” she said in a statement. It will take a 15.1 per cent swing for Judge to lose the seat she has held since 2003. gong xi fa cai Where to celebrate Chinese New Year. back page