MPs ap­a­thetic in ivory tow­ers

The West Australian - - OPINION - An­drew Bolt

If only FM ra­dio stars such as Kate Lang­broek lived in sub­urbs where African gangs in­vaded homes or Le­banese gun­men shot them up. If only Dave Hughes lived in Point Cook, where Su­danese refugees have at­tacked fam­i­lies in their own homes.

If only Ed­die McGuire lived not in Toorak but in the parts of Dan­de­nong stalked by eth­nic gangs.

If only Amanda Keller lived in Bankstown and heard the gun­shots as yet an­other Mid­dle Eastern crime fig­ure was killed at a cafe.

Maybe then our politi­cians would fi­nally act as fast as they did when a man al­legedly tried to in­vade the St Kilda home of poor Kate.

Lang­broek, bruised in this “crazed, ter­ri­fy­ing and vi­o­lent” at­tack, launched an an­gry me­dia blitz last week to de­mand the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment pro­tect lo­cals from res­i­dents of a nearby doss house.

“They want to look like he­roes and use words like ‘vul­ner­a­ble’ and ‘the com­mu­nity’, but they’re not ac­tu­ally ser­vic­ing the com­mu­nity,” she raged.

In this case Lang­broek was talk­ing about politi­cians fail­ing to shut down a room­ing house no­to­ri­ous for ac­com­mo­dat­ing the dis­turbed, drugged and crim­i­nal, most Aus­tralian­born, not im­mi­grants.

Within two days, the Gov­ern­ment an­nounced the Re­gal room­ing house near Lang­broek’s home would be closed al­most im­me­di­ately, at a cost of $6 mil­lion.

Nat­u­rally, it in­sisted the tim­ing was pure co­in­ci­dence, and that it had long been work­ing on the prob­lem.

Yeah, right.

But the in­stant suc­cess of Lang­broek’s cam­paign sug­gests a harsh truth: that the po­lit­i­cal class re­acts much faster when the vic­tims of a so­cial ex­per­i­ment are not the face­less masses but Peo­ple Like Us — and fa­mous.

You see, many un-fa­mous Aus­tralians, vic­tims of in­va­sions of their homes and shops, could have used Lang­broek’s ex­act words about the “hero” politi­cians who brought in the “vul­ner­a­ble” refugees now ter­ror­is­ing them.

Trou­ble is, Peo­ple Like Us — or Lang­broek — don’t ac­tu­ally get to ex­pe­ri­ence the sharp end of a refugee and im­mi­gra­tion pro­gram that’s out of con­trol.

We got a brac­ing re­minder of that re­cently when Vic­to­rian Supreme Court Judge Lex Lasry mocked Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton for say­ing some Mel­bur­ni­ans feared go­ing out at night be­cause of mount­ing vi­o­lence from street gangs.

“There are cit­i­zens out to din­ner in Mans­field tonight and they’re not wor­ried,” tweeted Judge Lasry from the safety of a low-crime town at the foot of the snow­fields where nearly 90 per cent of res­i­dents were born in Aus­tralia.

In Dan­de­nong, how­ever, just 36 per cent of lo­cals were born here, and po­lice have bat­tled to con­trol eth­nic street gangs.

But why should politi­cians worry when the vic­tims are rarely Peo­ple Like Us?

In­deed, even shadow at­tor­ney-gen­eral Mark Drey­fus, La­bor mem­ber for the Fed­eral seat tak­ing in south Dan­de­nong, lives miles away in safe Malvern, where 75 per cent of lo­cals were born here or in Eng­land or the United States.

Is this why our po­lit­i­cal class, mostly re­cruited from Peo­ple Like Us, has been so slow to even ad­mit to our im­mi­gra­tion mess? I’m not talk­ing merely about the fact that peo­ple in our anony­mous sub­urbs find them trans­formed by an im­mi­gra­tion in­take now dou­ble what it was just 13 years ago, crowd­ing roads and trains.

There’s also the phys­i­cal dan­ger im­ported by politi­cians who want to “look like he­roes and use words like ‘vul­ner­a­ble’”.

These politi­cians took in the Mus­lim Le­banese refugees who helped turn poorer sub­urbs such as Lakemba into Ara­bic colonies, and whose com­mu­nity has since pro­duced more than half our jailed ter­ror­ists and many bikie gang re­cruits.

Our politi­cians then took in the refugees from Iran, So­ma­lia, Iraq and Afghanistan, who were be­hind the past four ter­ror­ists at­tacks here. (A fifth al­leged at­tack can­not be dis­cussed for le­gal rea­sons.)

They also set­tled refugees from Third World con­flict zones in tribal lands into who-cares sub­urbs such as Dan­de­nong, with the in­evitable re­sult.

So­mali refugees make up just 0.11 per cent of Vic­to­ria’s pop­u­la­tion, but their youth are 128 times more likely to com­mit vi­o­lent rob­beries.

Yes, I know only a small mi­nor­ity of refugees break the law.

We should not ex­ag­ger­ate the dan­ger or for­get that many refugees are good cit­i­zens.

But we should also not for­get how easy it is to dis­miss the trou­ble when it’s not your own house be­ing smashed into and not your own rel­a­tives wak­ing to find armed thieves stand­ing over their bed.

We cer­tainly mustn’t for­get how eas­ily our politi­cians play down that trou­ble when there’s no Kate Lang­broek show­ing the world her bruises.

Why should politi­cians worry when the vic­tims are rarely Peo­ple Like Us?

Pic­ture: SCA

Kate Lang­broek and her ra­dio part­ner Dave Hughes.

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