The Victorian government says it’s willing to help fund a national crime database to identify young offenders.
“When we get dozens or more young kids playing up from Sydney who are here in Melbourne, if we’ve got a database we’d know about those kids and what their history is, what their status is,” Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Sunday.
He also said the state was willing to pay for 25 per cent of a database.
His comments follow reports by the Herald Sun linking a wild house party at Werribee and brawl at St Kilda in December to a group of Sydney basketball players who travelled to Melbourne for a tournament.
Intensified media and political scrutiny about youth crime has been sparked by a series of high-profile incidents – including riots, home invasions, armed robberies, assaults and attacks on police – linked to offenders of African appearance since early December.
Mr Andrews did not rule out restricting the use of community corrections orders, which allow offenders to serve their time outside jail, for serious offences.
But he declined to say which crimes might incur a mandatory jail sentence instead of a corrections order.
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy labelled a national crime database a “tremendous idea”, but said it wasn’t the federal government’s responsibility to fix crime in Melbourne.