Herald Sun Frets Over “Bat Wielding Vigilantes” who “Menace Youths”


From the ‘white boys must not be allowed to fight back” department.

A group armed with baseball bats has targeted young men of African appearance, with the weapon-wielding caucasian youths descending on Wyndham Vale train station this afternoon in an alarming escalation of Melbourne’s gang tensions.

Full article…. A group armed with baseball bats has targeted young men of African appearance in an alarming escalation of Melbourne’s gang tensions.

Weapon-wielding caucasian youths descended on Wyndham Vale train station on Monday, looking for African-Australians who had assaulted and robbed two teens travelling home from the movies on Sunday night.

An ugly stand-off, witnessed by the Herald Sun at the station at about 2.20pm, has been described as symbolic of the current friction in the community.

It is understood the African-Australians who were challenged protested that they were innocent during the potentially dangerous incident, which did not erupt into violence.

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Anthony Ferrari, whose 14-year-old son Xavier was one of the teens attacked there on Sunday, admitted the altercation was a “terrible look”, but said it showed the tensions that existed.

“There’s more to this than just what has happened today,” he said. “There’s a right way and a wrong way to go about things. It is never going to end.

“From what I’ve seen tonight there’s a lot of tension.”

In January last year, Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton attributed a string of violent crimes in Melbourne to the work of African “street gangs”.

The issue has been an ongoing concern for police, prompting a summit and taskforce amid soaring rates of carjackings and home invasions.

The Herald Sun captured yesterday’s clash after spotting a group of caucasian men in puffer jackets approaching people of African appearance at the station.

They cornered a young African man as he got off the train and began to insist he was part of the group of 20 who had assaulted and robbed their friend on Sunday.

He repeatedly denied the claims, but was surrounded on all sides, eventually calling his friends to come to his aid.

A tense stand-off followed as the two groups hurled words at each other across the station, with the young African men eventually deciding to leave. It was then the Herald Sun saw the caucasian men produce baseball bats and display them in plain sight as the other group walked away.

They continued to walk around the station with the baseball bats visible to anyone who walked past.

There were no PSOs patrolling the station at the time despite the robbery less than 24 hours earlier.

Mr Ferrari said he saw the confrontation take place.

“They recognised them straight away … it got a little bit intense,” he said. “They started asking him some questions … he’s made a phone call to his mates and they’ve rocked up. I’m glad it didn’t go any further than that.”

Police were called to the scene but the clash was over before they arrived. Victoria Police confirmed a call had been made but no offences or incidents were recorded.

Mr Ferrari said the group of young caucasian men had been at the station for most of the day.

The confrontation was sparked after his son and his friend Ricky were robbed and assaulted at the large bus terminal next Wyndham Vale station.

Police are still hunting for two young men of African appearance over the crime.


‘Canberra Swamp’ costs us $8bn a year

Adam Creighton The Australian January 29, 2019

The cost of the political class, or swamp as Donald Trump might call it, has been estimated at more than $8 billion a year by an analysis from the Institute of Public Affairs, which is calling for “deep-seated, structural reform to Australia’s administrative state”. The federal government provided non-government health, div­ersity and social welfare groups more than $191 million, a further $440m went to international organ­isations such as the Inter­national Monetary Fund, while the major political parties received $62.8m following the 2016 federal election, the IPA monograph says.

“The nature of the Canberra Swamp perverts liberal democracy, entrenches established special interest and represents a gross misuse of taxpayer money,” the report says.

“The key participants in the swamp include the major political parties and their staffers, the bureaucracy, the major consulting firms, the bulk of the legal establishment, so-called civil society, health and welfare and environmental groups that receive government handouts.”

The US President, echoing language used by Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s, made “draining the swamp” a plank of his campaign in 2016. The Trump administration has since been famously slow to fill positions and more recently oversaw the longest shutdown in the US government.

Since the Coalition won office in 2013, the federal public service head count has fallen to 152,000, the lowest level since 2006, but more sweeping recommendations for consolidation from the 2014 National Commission of Audit were ignored.

An independent review of the Australian Public Service, overseen by former Telstra chief David Thodey, is due to report in the first half of this year.

The biggest component ($5.5bn) of the $8.1bn total cost estimated for the 2017 financial year emerged from the growing excess of public sector average wages over private. “One of the main ways through which the swamp operates is by providing higher salaries for those who are party to the swamp,” the IPA found, noting average weekly public sector earnings of $1410 in early 2017 compared with $1117 for private sector workers.

Since 2015, public sector wage growth has been higher in 13 out of 14 quarters. The government would have saved $1.24bn a year if public servants received 9.5 per cent superannuation instead of the standard 15.4 per cent.

“The Canberra Swamp is a network of vested interests so extensive that measuring the full and total cost of sustaining it is a significant undertaking; as such, this is only a snapshot, and a conservative estimate,” said Morgan Begg and Daniel Wild, the report’s authors.

Among the biggest beneficiaries of taxpayer funds outside the public sector were the Cancer Council, which received $39m, Reconciliation Australia ($10.1m) the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland ($11.1m), Birdlife ($2.9m), Oxfam ($19.1m), the AIDS Council of NSW ($13.4m) and Australian and State Councils of Social Services ($14m).

Federal departments spent $585m in total on major consulting firms in 2017, including $254m by the Department of Defence.

A 2016 IPA report estimated the federal government maintained 1181 entities.

Other IPA research found excessive regulation was costing the economy about $176bn, equivalent to 11 per cent of GDP.

1/ The biggest component ($5.5bn) of the $8.1bn total cost estimated for the 2017 financial year emerged from the growing excess of public sector average wages over private. Picture: AAP

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