This is an update on my previous article about the astounding physical abuse of a 15 year-old girl by a Metro Trains ticketing inspector.
Thank you to Dan A’Vard for permission to use the graphic. Dan started the petition on Change.org that now has over 33,000 signatures.
On Friday I received an email from Dan updating his progress. Here is part of it.
Also unbelievably, Metro are still refusing to return my calls or my emails. This issue is too important to be left to the sidelines, so I have asked both Terry Mulder and Denis Napthine to facilitate a summit with Metro Trains and key stakeholders to seek a transformation in how they deal with their staff. You can help put pressure on by emailing them at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and asking them to facilitate this summit as a matter of priority.
In preparing this petition, I’ve come across some pretty sobering things. Apparently there were more than 500 ‘use of force’ incidents involving Metro Authorised Officers in the 2012-13 financial year. That’s more than one every day! There is also a long record of reports, including a young person pushed out of a moving train way back in 2010 (see it here).
On a Facebook thread I found the regulations, or part thereof, highlighted. You can read the full thread here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dumb-Ways-to-Die/493537263991975
Division 4A—Accreditation of passenger transport
The objective of this Division is that the
authorised officer management systems provided
by passenger transport companies, bus companies
and the Bus Association Victoria be provided in a
manner that promotes the safety, comfort, amenity
and convenience of persons using the services
provided by the bodies and other persons,
particularly children and other vulnerable persons.
In this Division, authorised officer management
system means a system for the management of
authorised officers that includes—
(a) education and training relating to—
(i) the use of enforcement powers;
(ii) behaviour by authorised officers toward
members of the public, particularly
children and other vulnerable persons;
Reading this is seems to me body-slamming of patrons is not exactly recommended.
Another aspect of this whole saga is we have the courts in Victoria warning young people of the DANGERS of JUST ONE PUNCH to the head and our society desperately trying to reduce the amount of alcohol-fuelled violence on our streets. Yet THIS sort of violence seems to be, according to Metro Trains, “acceptable”.
We need to speak louder and ensure Metro Trains and the Victorian government understand we DO NOT accept this level of violence.
Follow Dan’s lead: sign the petition, write to the Premier. Speak up, don’t let this become “acceptable” in our society.