Originally Posted by Rita Panahi
THERE is enough crime in Australia without successive governments importing large numbers of people incapable or unwilling to respect our laws.
Elements of the Lebanese and Sudanese population continue to be over-represented in crime statistics, dramatically so in somecategories. Sudanese-born youth are more than 120 times as likely to commit an aggravated burglary, according to Victorian Crime Statistics Agency figures.
We learnt last year that two-thirds of those arrested for terrorism-related offences in Australia were from second- and third-generation Lebanese Muslim backgrounds.
And yet the mere mention of this by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, who noted the folly of Malcolm Fraser’s “Lebanon concession”, sent the usual race-baiting malcontents into a victim-playing frenzy with predictable cries of “racism” and “xenophobia”.
Lebanese Muslim Association president Samier Dandan accused the government of having a “toxic, assimilationist, nationalist” agenda and labelled Dutton’s comments “racist”, while Fairfax feminists called for his sacking.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young called Dutton “a racist bigot” and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten demanded he apologise for his “ignorant stupidity” and the “disgraceful comments he made about migrants in Australia”.
The Left’s customary reaction to inconvenient yet indisputable facts is to scream “Nazi, racist, bigot, Islamophobe” in the hope of silencing opposing views.
Such smears can be an effective tool in shutting down debate but they do not change the data or the incidence of violent crime. Figures released this year show that in 2016, one in seven Sudanese-born Victorians aged 10 to 24 was charged with a crime. Muslims are dramatically over-represented in the prison population: 9 per cent of prisoners, including 20 per cent of maximum-security prisoners, are from Muslim backgrounds. A remarkable figure, given only about 3 per cent of the population identify as Muslim. The statistics mirror what we’ve seen in NSW, and present serious concerns for the criminal justice system, particularly given the growing Muslim population in Australia.
Of course, most crime in this country is committed by Australian-born offenders, given that they are the vast majority of the population. But it is the extraordinary over-representation of some groups that needs attention.
People born in Sudan have the highest imprisonment rate in the country, according to 2014 Australian Bureau of Statistics figures.
Among the most troubling aspects is the level and incidence of violence perpetrated by young offenders, particularly during aggravated burglaries, assaults and home invasions.
Sudanese-born youths aged 10 to 18 are responsible for 13.9 per cent of aggravated robberies and 7.44 per cent of home invasions in Victoria, despite being only 0.11 per cent of the population.
The level to which they are over-represented is not something that can be ignored. Nor can we continue to uncritically accept mealy-mouthed justifications from so-called community leaders and taxpayer-funded appeasers.
Last week, we saw hundreds of “youths of African appearance” involved in a prolonged brawl around the St Kilda foreshore. Over several hours, they were involved in assaults, thefts and property damage, and yet police failed to make an arrest.
Inspector Jason Kelly said: “Their behaviour was just totally unacceptable, and I’d call on them to come forward … before we track them down.”
Surely such obvious criminality in a public place should see scores arrested, not just a call for the culprits to come in at their leisure.
Later that same day, County Court judge Elizabeth Gaynor allowed a young offender, who was spared jail despite arming himself with a sledgehammer during terrifying jewellery store robberies that netted over $200,000, to holiday in Sudan while on bail.
The decision was made despite concerns from prosecutors that Akon Mawien, 20, was a flight risk.
Is it any wonder that people are losing faith in the justice system?
As someone who has long advocated for both Australia’s high skilled immigration intake, as well as our generous humanitarian program, I understand the damage that is done when a minority of immigrants fail to assimilate.
A number of recent polls show that a majority of Australians want to cut immigration, and around half support a full or partial ban on Muslim immigration.
Nothing turns the mainstream against immigration more than lawlessness and disrespect. It goes without saying that the vast majority of migrants are proud, productive members of Australian society and many migrant communities are under-represented in crime and imprisonment rates.
New Australians are often more patriotic and protective of this country than those fortunate enough to have been born here.
For many of us, this is truly the lucky country: welcoming, tolerant, peaceful and prosperous.
But for any individual or group to successfully integrate into Australian life, there needs to be an adherence to certain non-negotiables, including respecting the law. Assimilation is not a dirty word. It is not only desirable, but imperative for a cohesive society. If you can’t embrace core Western values of freedom, democracy and equality, then you have no business migrating to Australia.