Education and safety on agenda for Angus Young

Angus Young, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, Stirling



Pauline Hanson’s One Nation candidate for Stirling, Angus Young.

Driven by a passion for safety and security, and hopes of creating a new education centre, Angus Young is running in the upcoming federal election as Pauline Hanson’s One Nation’s candidate for Stirling.

The former WA Police Force member discussed his concern for safety and security as well as his future plans for Stirling in an email interview with The Junction.

“As a member of the West Australian Police Force almost every interaction with members of the public was as a result of some form of trauma in their life,” he said.

“Most people are unaware of the amount of crime that occurs on a daily basis within Australia, a level which in my opinion is far too high.”

He said despite WA being the world’s biggest policing jurisdiction, he believed more could be done to combat crime rates.

Mr Young supported the safety and security policy positions of fellow One Nation member and former police officer, East Metropolitan Region MLC Charles Smith.

According to Mr Smith’s website, One Nation would introduce ‘broken windows’ legislation in WA that would come down hard on minor offenses with juveniles in particular in order to deter future offending.

“We will lobby to make our criminal justice system sufficiently responsive to the needs and rights of victims of crime,” Mr Smith said on his site.

Mr Young said if elected he intended to create policies addressing safety and security in Stirling.

“With crime statistics on the rise, this is an issue that needs to be addressed now, not later,” he said.

“One example is our policy to slash juvenile incarceration by implementing a mentoring system. Building more gaols is not a solution.”

Mr. Young said deterrents needed to be put in place, “not just harsher penalties for offenders”.

“[I would like to see] an increase in policing numbers at Mirrabooka Police Station and the return of Scarborough to a 24-hour station with additional police on the ground,” he said.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there has been a decrease in the number of victims of crimes since 2016.

In 2017, there were 176,153 victims of unlawful entry with intent, which represented a seven per cent decrease from the previous year in Australia.

In Western Australia, there was a nine per cent decrease in the number of victims of burglary.

According to the Western Australia Police Force, during the past financial year in the metropolitan region, there have been 6,223 instances of stealing, 442 of stealing a motor vehicle, and 1,727 of property damage.

Mr Young said he also had ambitions to develop an education centre and policy aimed at subsidising apprenticeships 75 per cent in the first year, 50 per cent in year two and 25 per cent in year three.

“Western Australia has a high level of unemployment, highest since 2002,” Mr Young said.

“My aim is to develop what I call JETSki: Jobs, Education, Training and Skills centre for anyone who wants to both improve their current job skills and learn new ones.”

Mr Young is running against Liberal’s Vince Connelly and Labor’s Melita Markey for the seat of Stirling.

According to ABC’s Australia Votes, Stirling is a safe Liberal seat with a 6.1 per cent margin.