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Lawrence doubts government’s police spending announcement

Country Labor’s candidate for the seat of Dubbo in the 2019 state election, Stephen Lawrence, said the government’s announcement on Tuesday of a “$220 million” boost to police spending in the upcoming budget “cannot be taken seriously”.

Mr Lawrence said the current government promised in the lead-up to the 2015 election that six new police stations would be built. “They have still not been completed... Some are not expected to be completed until after the 2019 election,” he said.

Mr Lawrence also called on Police Minister Troy Grant to “explain whether this announcement will mean a 24-hour police station for Wellington and how many additional police he is claiming will come to our region”.