STATEMENT FROM MINISTER FOR POLICE WADE NOONAN
The State Government was notified this month that Victoria Police would lead a joint-agency operation this weekend in the CBD aimed at keeping Victorians safe.
We were advised it would target anti-social behaviour and commuters to ensure people got home safely. The community's safety and wellbeing is always the government's priority.
Operation Fortitude was intended to be a standard police operation.
We fully support the decision by Victoria Police to cancel the operation after the unfortunate and inappropriate characterisation by the Australian Border Force today.
Reviewed 19 August 2020