Blue Light

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 14:45 ): Will the minister indicate whether the police commissioner intends to provide a reinvigoration program for Blue Light, which is significantly recognised throughout South Australia and in many areas is a youth development organisation that is regarded just as highly as Neighbourhood Watch?

The Hon. P. MALINAUSKAS (Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety) ( 14:45 ):The honourable member is quite right. Blue Light discos and the like have been very effective in some respects regarding community policing in South Australia. The neighbourhood reinvigoration project was a government initiative. The investment by the government in the Neighbourhood Watch reinvigoration program is something that we are proud to support. I am not aware, and certainly cannot recall, any suggestion that the Blue Light program is being wound down. I am happy to make those inquiries to establish exactly what the future of Blue Light is, but I am sure the police commissioner, when he makes any decisions regarding the Blue Light program, as with all others, is taking into account community safety first and foremost.