In 2007, then Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews acknowledged the obvious:
“Some groups don’t seem to be settling and adjusting into the Australian way of life as quickly we would hope”, Mr Andrews said, “it makes sense to put the extra money in to provide extra resources, but also to slow down the rate of intake from countries such as Sudan.”
The Age deemed Andrews a racist:
This is an unpleasant and inflammatory statement that effectively singles out one ethnic group as deserving not just extra help, but punishment of sorts.
Victoria’s then chief commissioner of police was even more pointed:
[Sudanese are not], in a sense, represented more than the proportion of them in the population.”
A police multicultural liaison officer agreed: “There’s an under-representation of the Sudanese in crime stats.”
Victorian police have conceded Melbourne has a problem with African street gangs, after earlier insisting there were no gangs in the city, as the State Government rejects criticism it has dropped the ball on the problem.
Police Minister Lisa Neville today defended the Government’s handling of youth crime after the Federal Government yesterday said “African gang crime” was out of control in Melbourne because of lenient state policies.
Sudanese refugee Nelly Yoa is totally unimpressed:
As a South Sudanese man who personally knows and mentors members of youth gangs in and out of prison, I firmly believe we have a major issue among young South Sudanese people in Melbourne.
After watching the horrendous and appalling behaviour committed by my fellow South Sudanese youth in the past few weeks, I am furious – and in total disbelief – to hear our top cop and government officials say there are no Sudanese gangs in Melbourne.
A startling admission follows:
Keep in mind that some parents of offenders are not aware that their teens are in custody. The reason is because many Sudanese families have more than eight children and many of them are raised by a single parent.
No comment from me lest I be labeled racist.
Update: South Sudanese “community leader” – how, exactly, was this title bestowed? – Richard Deng denies the existence of gangs and immediately follows-up with the perfect description of gang organisation and behaviour amongst African youth:
“To be honest with you there are no gangs in Victoria,” he said.
“There are just a group of young kids who are going together in a group and they are terrorising people because they are going in a group.”
“These are young people who like to make a name for themselves to look tough in front of the Victorian police, for example.”