Mar 9, 2008
Ban on African refugees all talk:
A HIGHLY controversial "ban" on African refugees imposed by the former government last year did not happen, Immigration Department figures show.Fears our crime being imported:
Kevin Andrews ... said no more African refugees would be processed until the latter part of this year because the quota of 4000 for the 2007-08 year had been filled. But five months after his comments, figures reveal the quota has yet to be reached ...
Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, said no freeze had been imposed on the intake of African refugees and processing of applications continued. "African migration continues and we want to do more next year. The previous minister's comments were politically motivated," he said.
The Government was committed to helping African refugees under both the special humanitarian and family reunion programs. "The Rudd Government did not approve of Kevin Andrews's commentary. There is no doubt Australia's reputation was hurt [by Mr Andrews]. We have a job to do rebuilding confidence and our international reputation," Senator Evans said.
The anatomy of crime in Victoria, obtained by the Sunday Herald Sun, shows those born in Somalia, Lebanon and New Zealand had the highest crime-per-population rates in Victoria.But they don't specify whether its "more of the same" or "more of increased numbers". Either way, more Africans are coming. I suppose it will take ten years of Labor government before we see some lurching into total frankness from Mr Rudd like Tony Blair did as he left office:
They are followed by Turkish, Vietnamese and then Australian-born criminals.
An analysis of the police statistics and 2006 Census figures shows on average one in nine Victorians born in Somalia committed a crime in the state last year.
One in 20 Lebanon-born Victorians were offenders compared with one in 31 born in Australia.
The revelations have sparked calls from crime victims for tougher deportation and screening of immigrants.
The Rudd Government will scrap its predecessor's plan to slow African immigration ...
The Crimes Victims Support Association has called for migrant groups committing less crime to be favoured over "high crime" nationalities.
Spokesman Noel McNamara said migrants should be deported on their first offence and there should be a cooling-off period for citizenship ...
Federal Immigration and Citizenship minister Senator Chris Evans said specific immigrant groups would not face caps or discrimination.
"All immigrants face challenges when settling in a new country, especially refugees because of the trauma they have been through," he said.
"Migrants from Africa will successfully settle in Australia just as previous waves of immigrants from different backgrounds have done."
Senator Evans said the Government planned to streamline job services for new migrants to improve their prospects and prevent them turning to crime.
Tony Blair yesterday claimed the spate of knife and gun murders in London was not being caused by poverty, but a distinctive black culture ...So Chris Evans will give them a job, but ignore Blair's comments about fatherless black kids and their gangsta culture. Twit. Not that Blair is right in thinking masses of blacks can be "brought back into the fold", but at least he sees the problem.
Blair said the recent violence should not be treated as part of a general crime wave, but as specific to black youth. He said people had to drop their political correctness and recognise that the violence would not be stopped "by pretending it is not young black kids doing it" ...
Mr Blair said: "Economic inequality is a factor and we should deal with that, but I don't think it's the thing that is producing the most violent expression of this social alienation.
"I think that is to do with the fact that particular youngsters are being brought up in a setting that has no rules, no discipline, no proper framework around them." ...
Mr Blair is known to believe the tendency for many black boys to be raised in families without a father leads to a lack of appropriate role models.
He said: "We need to stop thinking of this as a society that has gone wrong - it has not - but of specific groups that for specific reasons have gone outside of the proper lines of respect and good conduct towards others and need by specific measures to be brought back into the fold."