MPs apathetic in ivory towers
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.
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?
Kate Langbroek and her radio partner Dave Hughes.