This article originally appeared in the Daily Telegraph on 28 April 2017.
Community safety is the highest priority of the criminal justice system and the NSW government can be proud of the latest batch of crime statistics.
Robbery and theft have declined 13 per cent from the last quarter of 2016.Other serious crimes such as murder and assault are stable. This stands in stark contrast to Victoria where serious crime is skyrocketing, up 20 percent over the past two years.
When it comes to reducing crime in Australia, NSW is leading the way. Building on this success, the government now has the opportunity to launch a wide-ranging criminal justice reform program.