Given the increase in violent crime incidents in Victoria over the past month largely driven by African youth gangs the Andrews Government has finally conceded it has a major crime crisis. After denying it for as long as possible both Victoria Police and the Victorian Government conceded the problem was with African youth gangs.
The federal government has also increased pressure on the Andrews Government to take action with a series of interventions from senior government ministers, most notably yesterday Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton describing the fear that has gripped Victoria while appearing on Radio 2GB “The reality is, people are scared to go out to restaurants of a night-time because they’re followed home by these gangs”.
The Victorian Government’s new approach was put into practice this morning with Police Minister Lisa Neville while appearing on Radio 3AW decried the granting of bail to the17-year-old who is accused of kicking a police officer in the head while making an arrest at Highpoint Shopping Centre last week. This was despite the fact the accused was on 12 months’ probation and had a history of criminal offences, including attempted aggravated burglaries and car theft.
Neville stated “There is an element of which the courts have not reflected community expectation” but was still coy on if the Andrews’ Government would introduce further bail reform “I understand that people feel it does take a long time but we can’t afford to put in place laws that don’t work”.
The granting of bail to this teenage accused follows the granting of bail to the teenager accused of carrying out the Grand Final Day car rampage just yesterday who was deemed by the Children’s Court not to be a threat to the community.
While the politically correct Andrews Government might now be getting the message from the community there are still plenty in the leftist media and their advocacy groups who continue to deny that Victoria’s crime wave driven by African youth gangs is reaching a dangerous level.
After Peter Dutton’s comments yesterday progressive activist group GetUp sought to mock the existence of the state’s crime crises by getting their followers to tweet photos of them out for dinner in Melbourne, which apparently disproves that Victorians are scared about violent crime under the twitter hashtag
— GetUp! (@GetUp) January 3, 2018
Of course most of GetUp’s followers live in the inner city when most of the gang violence has been occurring in Melbourne’s west in places such as Tarneit and Werribee. They also are not in the suburbs where residents have been terrified by home invasions and sleep with baseball bats under their beds.
GetUp we should remember is planning to target Peter Dutton’s seat of Dickson at the next federal election with much of their resources for his strong defence of Australia’s border protection arrangements standing up to the left’s demands to settle the men on Manus Island settled in Australia.
Left wing media outlets are also publishing articles apparently debunking the African youth game crime wave pointing to Victoria’s drop in the overall crime rate (even though violent crime has increased). They also claim 1.5% of offenders in Victoria being African is insignificant despite them making up only 0.1% of the total population.
Of course they also claim that the concern about crime in Victoria is solely motivated by race and the fact there is a state election coming up and claims nobody by comparison was outraged by out of control Christmas Day parties in Melbourne and Sydney that was perpetrated by white backpackers.
They also claim the solution to the crime wave is addressing poverty in the African community, providing more funding for public housing and community services and addressing lack of job and education opportunities available to them.
(the solution to this paradox is properly funding public housing and not being a racist hack)
— GetUp! (@GetUp) January 3, 2018
They claim that jailing violent offenders is not the answer because we apparently already incarcerate too many people in Australia. Certainly the lenient sentences handed out by our courts to violent offenders would suggest otherwise.
While our politicians may now be finally getting the message the left at large is back to their usual tricks of calling action on youth crime gangs racist, openly mocking the concern many Victorians have and of course having a callous disregard for the ever increasing number of victims of violent crime.