African gangs are terrorising Melbourne.
They hunt in packs, destroying property, looting, stealing and threatening innocent people.
Premier Dan Andrews has recently said that they will feel the full force of the law. This probably means they will be given more of our tax dollars for some scheme or other.
We need new leaders.
‘Violent African youths DON’T want to be Australians’: Politician says gang members must be deported and calls for police to launch FBI-style taskforce
- Federal Liberal MP Jason Wood says African gangsters don’t want citizenship
- Former policeman said thugs had given up journey to become an Australian
- He has called for Australian Federal Police to start FBI-style taskforce on gangs
Jason Wood, whose electorate of La Trobe in Melbourne‘s south-east has been blighted by Sudanese Apex gangs, is speaking out after a spate of violent crime across his city.
The backbencher, who has previously called for African gang members to be deported on their 16th birthday, says these teenage thugs aren’t even interested in becoming Australian citizens.
‘If a person between the ages of 16 and 18 year who’s on the visa, who commits a serious violent attack … where that person is seriously injured, as far as I’m concerned they’ve given up their right to the journey to become an Australian citizen,’ he told A Current Affair on New Year’s Day.
Mr Wood, who chaired a parliamentary inquiry into migration, said all foreign-born criminals over 18 should be automatically deported.
How African youths are leaving Tarneit residents fearful and frustrated
THE first question to roll off the tongue of the African kid, as he leaned out the window of a white station wagon, was innocent enough.
But it marked the only polite exchange of the day.
“Hey, man, you got a cigarette?’’ he said.
But almost before he received a reply, the car sped off, leaving behind about 10 other teenagers, loitering in the heat outside the Ecoville Community Park in Tarneit.
“You better not be trying to take our photo,’’ said one.
“You don’t want to die on New Year’s Day.
“And I’ll f—ing kill you.’’
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Another youth, his back to the wall, the peak of his cap slanted across his face, didn’t take kindly to questions.
“What are we doing here?’’ he said. “We’re f—ing your grandmother, that’s what we are doing.’’
The group was an ominous presence, leering, yelling, leaning on fences, throwing rocks, spouting obscenities.
Nearby, the footpath was littered with “nangs’’ — little canisters that hold nitrous oxide, normally used in whipped cream siphons but which can be easily inhaled for a quick buzz.
But these African youths have been getting their thrills in other ways, too.
For months, they have been congregating in large numbers late into the night.
Locals say they zero in on innocent residents jogging past or walking their dogs, mounting verbal or even physical attacks without rhyme or reason.
A man attacked by three African teens two months ago was repeatedly punched and kicked, and suffered a major eye injury.
Residents who avoid the area are quick to dismiss critics who argue that the escalation in crime isn’t linked to African youths.
“They are out of control,’’ Paul Singh, 34, said.
“They should be punished or sent home. But here they are — not scared of anybody.
“It’s terror,’’ he said.
“Terror for our kids, our families, and our wives. I always feel scared, and these guys are getting away with it.’’
Mr Singh places the blame squarely on the state government.
He urged Premier Daniel Andrews to give authorities greater powers to end the crime wave.
Five police officers arrived at the centre just after 1pm on Monday.
Ushering the youths away from the building, they questioned them for almost 20 minutes, then left after the group appeared to walk away.
But it meant little to watching neighbours, who said that by 8pm, the youths would be back, and in far greater numbers.
The gangs hanging around the community centre for months have been linked to vandalism sprees.
Another Tarneit resident, Harish Rai, 57, said he was still waiting to be formally interviewed by police after being attacked.
“I went for a walk through the park and they were watching me,’’ he said.
“I heard them laughing and then they came from nowhere. They punched and kicked me.
“I used to walk every day. Now I know not to.’’
There have been other victims, too. Some have been robbed, their mobile phones or wallets ripped out of their hands.
“It’s scary,’’ Mr Rai said.
“Nobody should have to live like this.’’
African gang crime ‘out of control’ in Melbourne: Greg Hunt
By Brad Ryan
African gang crime is “out of control” in parts of Victoria and tougher sentencing laws are needed, Federal Minister Greg Hunt says, but police insist they are on top of Melbourne’s youth crime problem.
Mr Hunt, who represents the seat of Flinders on Melbourne’s south-eastern fringe, has accused Premier Daniel Andrews of dropping the ball on gang violence and preventing police from taking a strong role.
“Gang crime in Victoria is clearly out of control. We know that African gang crime in some areas in particular is clearly out of control,” Mr Hunt said on Monday morning.
“The failure is not the police, but the Premier.”
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Government was “very concerned about the growing gang violence and lawlessness in Victoria”, particularly in Melbourne.
Victoria’s Liberal Opposition Leader, Matthew Guy, wants to introduce mandatory sentencing for repeat offenders convicted of serious crimes, including home invasions, armed robberies and aggravated car-jackings.
The Labor Government opposes the policy, and has argued that the last time the Liberal Party tried to introduce mandatory sentencing laws, the plan was thrown out by the courts.
The comments from Mr Hunt and Mr Turnbull follow several recent headline-grabbing crimes blamed on groups of young African men, including the trashing of an Airbnb property in Werribee and the repeated destruction of a community centre in Tarneit.
In both cases, walls were scrawled with the letters “MTS”, which are understood to stand for a western suburbs-based group, “Menace to Society”.
A spate of jewellery store robberies in 2016 and 2017, many carried out by groups of men described as being of African appearance, also prompted debate about gang crime.
South Sudanese Australian Nelly Yoa, who mentors troubled young members of the community in Melbourne, said the Prime Minister’s criticism of the Victorian Government was valid.
“The State Government has watched this unfold over the past two years,” said Mr Yoa, who came to Australia in 2003 as a refugee.
“Nothing has been done.”
He said more must be done to address violence in African communities.
“It’s been embarrassing for myself as a South Sudanese person,” he said.
“As a Melburnian, I do believe enough is enough. Action needs to be taken instead of just talking about it all the time.”
Police dispute ‘gang’ problem
Migrants from Sudan are overrepresented in crime data for offences such as serious assault and aggravated burglary — but they are responsible for far fewer incidents overall than Australian-born offenders.
The Victorian Crime Statistics Agency’s data for the year to June 2017 shows Sudanese-born offenders were allegedly involved in 98 aggravated burglaries in the state, compared to 540 Australian-born offenders.
For the same period, 45 serious assaults were allegedly committed by Sudanese-born offenders, compared to 1,462 Australian-born offenders.
People born in Sudan make up about 0.1 per cent of Victoria’s population, Census data shows.
Last week, Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Crisp said Melbourne did not have a gang problem, and urged the media not to label groups of young thugs as “gangs”.
“I don’t accept for one minute that we do have gangs,” Deputy Commissioner Crisp said at the time.
“I urge you [the media] not to play up to the ego of these young people by calling them a gang, because they’re not a gang.”
When asked about the Government’s comments on Monday, Deputy Commissioner Crisp maintained Victoria Police was “well and truly on top of” youth crime.
“The data shows … we’re locking up more and more people and, at the same time, we’re focused on some of the underlying social issues,” Deputy Commissioner Crisp said.
He said there had been a shift in behaviour in the western suburbs around Tarneit following police operations targeting youth crime.
“I’m very confident where we’re going and how we’re tackling youth crime in this state.”
Victorian Government frontbencher Philip Dalidakis said the Government would take its instructions and advice from Victoria Police, not the Prime Minister.
“We certainly will not be taking suggestions or advice from a bloke who can’t even put on a life vest when he’s on a boat in Sydney Harbour,” Mr Dalidakis said.
“So if Malcolm Turnbull wants to play games instead of working in a collaborative effort, then he can do so and talk to himself.”
Data released in December by the state’s Crime Statistics Agency shows Victoria’s overall crime rate dropped by 6.2 per cent in the year to September 30, largely because of falls in theft from cars and aggravated burglaries.
But sexual assaults and robberies continued to rise.