HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER CriTICIZES VICTORIAN JUDICIARY
MELBOURNE PEOPLE ‘SCARED TO GO OUT AT NIGHT’
By SJA Jafri
MELBOURNE: Home AffairsMinister Peter Dutton has waded into the debate in Victoria about African street gang violence as the state government stands by its response.
Duttonbelieved people in Melbourne are “scared to go out at restaurants” atnight because of African street gang violence, as the Victorian government stands firm over its response to youth crime.
Thestate government has come under fire for its response to street violence involving groups of African teens after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull blamed Premier Daniel Andrews for “growing gang violence and lawlessness” in Melbourne and Victoria.
“People don’t see this in NSW, in Queensland, but the reality is people are scared to go out at restaurants of a night time because they’re followed home by thesegangs, home invasions, and cars are stolen.”
TheImmigration Minister said Victorian judges and magistrates were not sending strong enough messages to juvenile offenders.
“I’ve said for a long time we need to respect the judiciary, but in the end the magistrates at a state level are appointed by the state premiers,” Dutton said.
“And if they’re employing civil libertarians and people who won’t put in place proper deterrence – well, you can expect the sort of outcomes we’ve seen inVictoria.”
Duttonalso said offenders who remain in Australia on visas “do not belong in Australian society” and should be deported.
The federal government has already cancelled the visas of 12 offenders in Victoria who are originally from Sudan, other African countries and New Zealand after state authorities referred 18 cases.
Victoria’s Youth Affairs Minister Jenny Mikakos says tackling youth crime and gang violence will take more than the simplistic answers offered up by critics. “For those people who are running around putting about simplistic answers, all I can say is that is a complete con job,” she told reporters in Melbourne.