Victorian public expects the police to do their duty
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