After Victoria’s African Youth Gang Crime Wave has surged over the holiday period with a number of high profile violent crimes the cultural left has been doing all it can to play down the concern that has been growing in the Victorian community, and of course accusing those calling for action on the issue of being racist.
Last night the ABC’s 7.30 decided to dedicate 75% of its program to focusing on the state’s crime crisis, host Leigh Sales introduced the story by stating “7.30 decided to go behind the political point scoring and overheated rhetoric”. The reporter for the story was Lauren Day who began by telling the audience “If you live outside of Melbourne, it is likely your only exposure to the African crime debate has been through the media”.
One might have expected give this introduction that the ABC would toe the politically correct line from the left on the issue, but contrary to what many have come to expect the ABC is capable from time to time of delivering honest and factual reporting. It turned out that not even the ABC could deny that Australians of Sudanese background were over represented in Victoria’s crime statistics.
Despite people born in Sudan making only 0.1 per cent of the Victorian population they made up 1 per cent of all alleged offences in year leading up to September 2017. Sudan comes in at number five on the alleged offender list by country of birth.
However the ABC report dug even deeper into the crime statistics and when focusing on the types of crimes that have been in the news the results were even more disturbing. People in born in Sudan were responsible for 3 per cent of serious assaults, 2 per cent of non-aggravated burglaries, 5 per cent of motor vehicle thefts and 8.6 per cent of aggravated burglaries.
It was also highlighted in the report that these statistics don’t include second or third generation Sudanese Victorians, only those born in Sudan (as to gather those statistics it would involve police racially profiling suspects).
But the story still trotted out the fact that overall crime in the state dropped by 6% (which is accounted for by drops in non-violent crimes) and that youth crime has dropped as a proportion of overall crime in the state.
It also contained an interview with a so-called expert on the issue Dr Rebecca Wickes who used the disadvantaged background reasoning to explain the Sudanese over-representation in the crime statistics and also said the public should fear more being the victim of a crime from somebody who is Australian born.
The program also featured an interview with Victorian Deputy Police Commissioner Andrew Crisp who again claimed we shouldn’t use the term gang because it “is actually feeding the egos of many of these young men”. However he still conceded that the crimes we have seen in Melbourne involving youths of African appearances are being carried out by groups that have gang like characteristics “We’d suggest that they’re certainly not an organised gang. Are they behaving in some behaviour that you would liken to a street gang”.
The other interview that was part of 7.30’s feature was with Federal Member for Latrobe Liberal Jason Wood who had previously called for Sudanese born convicted criminals to be deported. He blamed “failed integration” for the crisis, believed we shouldn’t be afraid to use the term gang and stated that these youths being granted bail sends the worst possible message and it affirms in their mind they have gotten away with the offences, plus there is no opportunity for them to receive early intervention.
When asked by Leigh Sales about Peter Dutton’s comments about residents being fearful to go out at night Wood simply relayed what had been told to him by families residing in his electorate “You now have the children, the teenage children, sleeping in the parents’ bedroom each night because they’re in so much fear. So, when you speak to victims, they are actually in fear”.
So there the left has it, their ABC despite their promise to go behind the overheated rhetoric on the issue of African youth gangs they could not avoid the factual reality that Victoria has crime crisis fueled by offenders from a Sudanese background. Members of Andrews Government might also want to pay attention to this problem and stop mocking those terrified in their homes at night. The sooner we acknowledge there is a problem then we can have a frank discussion about possible solutions.
This article originally stated that people born made up 1 per cent of all alleged offences committed in Victoria in year leading up to September 2017. This figure was sourced in the Commonwealth Joint Committee on Migration’s Inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes Report. However Victoria’s Crime Statistics Agency has since released a statement that 1% of all offenders in Victoria in this period were born in Sudan.