Australia: African migrants at heart of daycare scandals

Australia: African migrants at heart of daycare scandals, by Rick Morton.

Family daycare operators and teachers from non-English-speaking backgrounds are being targeted by state authorities in a bid to crack down on abuse and bending of rules that have cost taxpayers more than $1 billion in two years and put children at risk.

Senior departmental staff and Queensland Education Minister Kate Jones have confirmed a trend in rorting and noncompliance among ethnic communities, which has resulted in scarce investigative resources being focused on new services and migrant groups. Analysis of state government enforcement action in the past six months reveals family day care services slapped with conditions, suspended or cancelled were almost exclusively run by migrants from Africa, most from Somalia or Sudan.

The Rotherham rape epidemic was allowed to build and fester for a decade despite numerous complaints to police because bureaucrats and politicians didn’t want to be seen as “racist”. But they were in fact racist, because they were applying different standards to people based on their race. Could something similar have happened here?

hat-tip Stephen Neil