The Royal Commission into youth detention in the Northern Territory this week heard testimony from the poster boy, Dylan Voller, for alleged mistreatment from prison guards. You would think that by listening to his testimony on Monday and then his case worker the next day that he was a troubled youngster who was moulded into a monster by our wicked youth justice system and we just needed to be nice to him.
Dressed up in a suit and with well-rehearsed testimony it made it easy for the mainstream media to portray him as a poor victim. However the victims we should be felling sympathy for are those of Voller’s violent crimes which have been completely omitted by most media organisation. It actually requires some digging to actually find out the truth about why Voller was behind bars.
He had committed over 50 crimes within a five year period including bashing a victim into unconsciousness with a mop handle and attempting to run over a police officer while he was high on ice. Former Coalition Federal MP Natasha Griggs was amazed Voller was receiving such sympathy, given his violent crimes. She wrote on Facebook, “Our community (his victims, his neighbours, the police and the correctional services staff) haven’t forgotten what he has done’’ and “Stop making this guy a martyr!”
Indigenous adviser Warren Mundine who has become the sanest voice on indigenous welfare issues stated that the guards did not put in him in a spit hood and use tear gas for no reason, “It’s a tough job to go out every day and have people abuse you and spit on you – you’ve got to be able to restrain people’’. Although prison guards do need to show restraint in their roles they are often dealing with some of the most violent youth offenders in the country, of course they will use extreme force from time to time. It’s not the easiest of jobs, most of us would find it challenging.
Of course we are also being told to accept everything that Voller a violent criminal said as true, as why would someone like him ever lie or be encouraged to lie? We have seen false testimony been given before about alleged mistreatment of asylum seekers at Australia’s processing centre on Nauru, including claims that we torture people and deny basic services all of which have been debunked. Refugee advocates have encouraged these false claims so it is not hard to see that the same is happening in this situation.
The indigenous rights industry is obtaining what they desired from this royal commission, a narrative of poor indigenous kids being oppressed by an evil white government. They don’t believe that these violent youth offenders should be punished at all instead there should be therapeutic support for youths with challenging behaviour. Some have even called for all these kids to be freed from detention.
It is worth noting that this push for a lenient approach to violent youth offenders is occurring at the same time as youth detainees at Victoria’s Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre rioted and caused $10 million worth of damage and had to be moved to an adult prison. The state of Victoria is also in the middle of youth crime surge with the Apex crime gang being responsible for carjacking’s, home invasions and armed robberies.
The left seems to have an unhealthy focus on the rights of those who commit violent crimes against others, yet have no sympathy for the rights of the actual victims and law abiding upstanding citizens to live in safe communities. If the offenders are non-white then they almost always conclude they must be that way because of a racist Australian society and exclude any sense of self responsibility from them.
Of course we would all prefer that our prison population be low as they cost taxpayers money but that the only reason it should be low is because we have a low crime rate, not because we are letting violent offenders off with a slap on the wrist. This can only be achieved if there is a healthy deterrent for crime through punishments just as prison and people are held responsible for their own actions. It also means that we need parents take more responsibility, end welfare dependency, tackle unemployment and substance abuse.
But the safety of good citizens should always come first and this royal commission is not focusing on this at all. Victims of crime have not been heard or given media attention. We are having the wrong conversation with this focus on the treatment of violent detainees such as Dylan Voller. As well as being a waste of money this royal commission will just result in a finding that will advance the leftist victim industry and leave the rest of us worse off by leaving crime undeterred and more rampant.