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Peter Dutton clips Victoria for “soft” approach to law and order in wake of Bourke Street attack

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Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says Victoria’s “soft” approach to law and order may be a factor in why Melbourne has been the target of multiple attacks recently.

However, that view was challenged by Neil Mitchell.

Speaking on 3AW, Mr Dutton was asked for his view on why Melbourne seemed to be more vulnerable than other Australian cities. 

“Frankly, I think we’ve got some particular problems in Victoria,” Mr Dutton responded.

“Some of the judicial appointments … I think while Mr Andrews talks tough during an election campaign about these matters, he spends the other three and a half years being pretty soft on law and order.”

But Neil Mitchell said that was a “long bow” to draw.

“Tougher judges don’t reach terrorists,” he said.

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