Plea to Turnbull: smash the gangs

Plea to Turnbull: smash the gangs, by Rebecca Urban.

Victorian federal cabinet ministers are urging the Prime Minister to intervene in the state’s youth crime crisis, expressing to him growing frustration over the ­Andrews government’s management of law and order following a spree of violent incidents involving African gangs.

At least a dozen Victorian-based federal MPs, including the cabinet ministers, have ­approached the Prime Minister in recent months to discuss what they believe has ­become “the No 1” issue affecting the state. …

“NSW, Queensland and other states don’t have this problem,” [Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton] told The Australian. “Premier ­Andrews has lost control of law and order in Victoria and he needs to clean it up.” …

Mr Frydenberg said … “The rise of ethnic gangs, crimes against property, aggravated assaults and home invasions has put fear into the public like never before. …

Adding further to the Andrews government’s woes is the perception that some within the Labor Party and law enforcement are ­unwilling to face up to the severity of the issue.

Official figures from Victoria’s Crime Statistics Agency reveal that men of Sudanese or South ­Sudanese origin were six times more likely to be arrested by police than anyone who was born in Australia.

As analysis by The Weekend Australian showed most of the 17 offenders of Sudanese, South ­Sudanese or Kenyan descent sentenced for violent crimes in the past year were given average or below-average sentences.