Vic­to­rian pub­lic ex­pects the po­lice to do their duty

The Weekend Australian - - COMMENTARY -

You re­ported the Vic­to­ria Po­lice Chief Com­mis­sioner say­ing that the crime cri­sis was “rub­bish” (11/1). If the pub­lic has the per­cep­tion that African youth crime is out of con­trol, then surely it is his duty as a pub­lic ser­vant to pub­licly ac­knowl­edge that per­cep­tion and com­mit his po­lice of­fi­cers to ad­dress­ing the is­sue.

His call­ing of the cri­sis as “an in­crease in pub­lic dis­or­der and mis­be­haviour” is pa­thetic, in my view. The events are crimes of rob­bery, bur­glary and as­sault and should be pros­e­cuted to the ex­tent per­mit­ted in law.

Fur­ther­more, your pho­to­graph of the man ges­tur­ing in front of a po­lice ve­hi­cle has had his face blurred. It was taken in a pub­lic place and clearly shows the ges­ture, so his iden­tity should be ex­posed. Richard Foster, Noosav­ille, Qld It’s ob­vi­ous that Vic­to­rian Premier Daniel An­drews has weighed up the sit­u­a­tion with the African gangs, con­sulted his fel­low min­is­ters and the po­lice, and de­cided there is more to gain by call­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment racist than fac­ing up to the prob­lem. It also seems clear that Chief Com­mis­sioner Gra­ham Ash­ton was brought back to slap down pre­vi­ous com­ments dar­ing to ac­knowl­edge there is a prob­lem when ev­ery­one knows there is a prob­lem.

The left will put on their blink­ers and see only what is po­lit­i­cally cor­rect, ir­re­spec­tive of the truth. Don Spence, Ash­more, Qld The Vic­to­rian politi­cians and po­lice chiefs who deny there is a prob­lem with African crime gangs should spend some time in the crime ar­eas of Mel­bourne with a late-night pizza de­liv­ery driver or with the lone at­ten­dant at an all-night ser­vice sta­tion and ask them how safe they feel.

And I’m sure they won’t see too many age pen­sion­ers out for a sum­mer’s evening walk. As for din­ing out safely, tell that to those in the McDon­ald’s that was taken over and trashed. Brian Why­brow, Wan­ni­assa, ACT In so­ci­ety we have a gen­eral sys­tem of har­mony and peace­ful co-ex­is­tence that thrives due to an ad­her­ence to the view that for ev­ery crim­i­nal action there is an ap­pro­pri­ate ac­count­abil­ity placed on the per­pe­tra­tor as a penalty for a crime against so­ci­ety. If I fail to pay my taxes I would be fined or jailed, or both. Ev­ery think­ing hu­man is aware of this be­fore they com­mit a crime, while they are in the act of the crime and af­ter the crime. We hu­mans have big, smart brains.

Even my dog, with a much smaller brain, is aware of right and wrong in the fam­ily sys­tem of what not to do. Of­ten, petty crim­i­nals get in­ter­fer­ence for them by out­side do-good­ers such as so­cial work­ers, lawyers, and even re­li­gious peo­ple, and that’s nice but it does not al­ter the fact that a hu­man knows when they have done wrong, and whether they get off the hook or not. They still know that they are ac­count­able for their af­front against the so­ci­ety that has wel­comed them into the fold. Roger Wolfe, Bal­wyn, Vic Can Vic­to­ria Po­lice please get their lines right? First, there was no African gang prob­lem. Within a week ap­par­ently there was. Now Vic­to­ria Po­lice chief Gra­ham Ash­ton, has dis­missed any sug­ges­tion of an African gang cri­sis. If Vic­to­ria Po­lice can­not pro­vide a con­sis­tent and de­pend­able an­swer to such a ba­sic is­sue, how can Vic­to­ri­ans pos­si­bly have any con­fi­dence in their abil­ity to deal with it? Jeremy C. Browne, Rip­pon­lea, Vic Young peo­ple who might be mixed up in the groups run­ning amok around Mel­bourne would do well to con­sider what judge Red­mond Barry said at the trial of po­lice killer Ned Kelly in Novem­ber 1880.

“Un­for­tu­nately, in a new com­mu­nity, where so­ci­ety is not bound to­gether as it should be, there is a class which dis­re­gards the con­se­quences of crime and looks upon the per­pet­u­a­tors of the crimes as he­roes. But these un­for­tu­nate, in­con­sid­er­ate, ill-ed­u­cated ... youths must be taught to value the value of hu­man life ... Un­less they are made to con­sider the con­se­quences of crime, they are led to im­i­tate no­to­ri­ous felons, whom they re­gard as self-made he­roes. It is right there­fore that they should be made to con­sider and re­flect upon the life of a felon. A felon who has cut him­self off from all de­cen­cies ... all the obli­ga­tions of so­ci­ety is as help­less and de­graded as a wild beast in the field ...” P. C. Hall, Flin­ders, Vic Those think­ing of an elected pres­i­dent for Aus­tralia (“Think be­fore it’s crown and out”, 12/1), I sug­gest you first read Fire and Fury. You may think again. Ian Mur­ray, Cre­morne Point, NSW As Peter Lang says (Let­ters, 12/1), nu­clear en­ergy is proven, but the much needed shift from a gov­ern­ment mo­nop­oly power gen­er­a­tor to a mar­ket of pri­vate sup­pli­ers, and the ad­vent of new power sources with no fuel re­quire­ments, has fun­da­men­tally re­shaped the power in­dus­try. Cre­at­ing and stor­ing power close to where it is used is far more ef­fi­cient. Snowy Hy­dro 2.0 is vi­able due to legacy grid in­fra­struc­ture and full au­to­ma­tion. Peter Egan, Ar­tar­mon, NSW Come on Queens­lan­ders — get be­hind our pineap­ple grow­ers. The fast-food chains should put a piece of pineap­ple on ev­ery burger they make. You want us as cus­tomers and we want our pineap­ples. So Mac­cas, Hun­gry Jacks and all the oth­ers — we want pineap­ple on our burg­ers. Gil May, Forest­dale, Qld

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