Wednesday, November 21, 2018

'Enough, enough, enough': PM Morrison vows to cut migrant numbers and says pressure needs to be taken off Sydney, Melbourne, with new state-based policy

This could win him the next election if he really makes it happen

Scott Morrison has vowed to cut the number of immigrants coming into Australia - saying population growth needs to be managed.

'Australians in our biggest cities are concerned about population. They are saying enough, enough, enough,' the Prime Minister said in a speech in Sydney on Monday.

'The roads are clogged, the buses and trains are full. The schools are taking no more enrollments.'

'We have become, especially in Sydney and Melbourne, a victim of our success.'

Over the last decade migration has accounted for over half of the population growth in the nation at 58 per cent.   

The Prime Minister predicted his changes would cause a shift in direction of immigration policy and lower the annual immigration target from the national cap of 190,000.

His new direction would involve talking to State leaders and forming immigration targets on a regional basis, rather than having a national immigration cap.

The PM defended immigration in general, saying the benefits include a growing workforce, increased opportunities for Australian businesses and workers, and that immigrants contribute to the economy rather than draw from welfare.

'I believe that we need a new discussion with the States and territories and local governments about how we manage and plan for our changing population,' Mr Morrison said.

'The old model of a single national number determine by Canberra is no longer fit for purpose.'

'Further to this I am writing to the Premiers and chief ministers inviting them to contribute to a national strategy and framework on population and putting this on the table for out next COAG meeting on 12 December.'


African teens arrested over St Kilda beach trouble

Two teenagers have been arrested after riot police were called to break-up a group of youths causing trouble on a Melbourne beach with a rock being thrown at an officer.

About 150 youths gathered on the St Kilda foreshore on Monday about 10.20pm before "an escalation of unwanted and unwelcome behaviour", Superintendent Phillip Green said.

"Once you have that escalation of kids chasing one another, wrestling with one another, language or open-drinking, that causes people to be fearful," Supt Green said of the group, which was described as being of African appearance.

"People need to understand that if they are doing it as a joke or to one another it doesn't prevent or stop other people who can see that becoming concerned."

An 18-year-old Flemington man has been charged and bailed with possessing a drug of dependence, while a 17-year-old North Melbourne boy has been arrested for assaulting a police officer with a rock and released pending further inquiries.

No complaint of fighting or assault has been made to police and no further arrests are expected, Supt Green said.

Police respond to specific complaints but also to the "broader perception of safety" to make sure people's right to feel "comfortable, safe and confident" was upheld, he added.

The incident coincided with the launch of a police operation on the beach over summer.


Melbourne's African gang crime hot spots are revealed

The city's western suburbs are among the worst areas when it comes to alleged offenders born in Sudan, figures from Victoria's Crime Statistics Agency show. The number Sudanese defendants in Maribyrnong surged by 60 per cent between 2009 and 2018, climbing from 80 to 128 after more than doubling in one year.

In total, 1,384 alleged offenders born in Sudan have faced criminal charges during the past decade, in the inner-west local government area where 15 mainly African youths last year burst into a Footscray barber shop and hit a man in the head with a tomahawk.

On Boxing Day last year, a police officer was kicked in the face when he tried to arrest a 16-year boy at the Highpoint Shopping Centre at nearby Maribyrnong.

A little farther west, the Wyndham City Council area was another hot spot for African crime with 818 Sudanese-born defendants during the past decade. The problem has dramatically escalated, with just six people from Sudan charged in 2009.

That surged to 82 in 2016, more than doubled to 180 last year before reaching 288 in the year to June 30.

This occurred in a local government area where an AirBnB house at Werribee was trashed in December 2017, with four teenagers arrested.

Police were called to the home on Attunga Grove following reports two women were assaulted leaving residents terrified as gangs of teenagers pelted police with rocks.

The Menace to Society gang was blamed for damaging walls and furniture and spraying 'MTS' graffiti, after a party descended into chaos about 3.30am.

The area also covered Tarneit where Daily Mail Australia last year documented the trashing of the Ecoville Community Park, also by Menace to Society.

Melbourne's western suburbs weren't the only places experiencing higher levels of African gang crime, with the Greater Dandenong region in the city's east and the city centre districts also on the list.

In Melbourne's city centre, 2,695 Sudanese-born people were charged during the past decade.

The number arrested quadrupled from 85 in 2009 to 365 in the year to June 2018.

The Victorian election is being held this Saturday, with crime likely to be on the minds of voters as Labor fights to win a second term.


Victorian election: African crime hits Labor seats

East African crime in Victoria is overwhelmingly a problem in Labor seats, with the major hotspots overlapping key sand-belt marginals as well as many electorates considered rock solid for the Andrews government.

Analysis by The Australian shows 19 mostly Melbourne local government areas with a significant history of crime by offenders born in Sudan and other Horn of Africa countries over the past 10 years. Those areas overlay 31 Labor electorates, including the four vulnerable bayside seats of Frankston (held on a margin of 0.5 per cent), Carrum (0.7), Bentleigh (0.8) and Mordialloc (2.1).

Premier Daniel Andrews’ district of Mulgrave overlaps with the number two African crime hotspot of Greater Dandenong, while Bill Shorten’s federal seat of Maribyrnong lines up with the council area of the same name that is ranked number one for ­African-born crime.

It is the first time that the scale, footprint and decade-long trend of police dealings with African-born “alleged offenders” in Melbourne has been put clearly on the map. The data covers all kinds of dealings with police, from official warnings through low-grade offences to brutal crime.

Law and order — along with the spectre of burglary, home invasion, assault and carjacking by youths of African appearance — has been a polarising issue in the lead-up to Saturday’s election.

Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville said yesterday that “high-harm crimes by African youth offenders” had fallen in the latest figures. “We’re delivering an unprecedented investment into 3135 new police, and giving police the powers, resources and tools they need to keep the community safe,” she said.

Elena Morgan was assaulted 11 months ago in East Melbourne on her way to work. She was in the Greens-held electorate of Melbourne and was targeted by three teenage girls of African appearance who had spent a night at a party and set upon her at 7.30am, repeatedly punching her before trying to push her into the path of oncoming traffic.

The traumatic assault left her physically and emotionally injured, “I was fearing for my life,” she told The Australian. It has also left her about $8000 out of pocket through medical expenses, including physiotherapy, psychological help and specialist appointments.

She says victims of crime in Victoria need to be taken seriously. “The police do such a good job and there are a lot of people in the system who want to help you, but they’re all under huge caseloads and so the waiting times are really long for people who need help paying medical bills,” she said.

“And so when politicians talk about changing the system, they need to realise it’s not just about making people safer and stopping this stuff from happening — it’s also about looking at the other half and the people who’ve been affected by crime and making it simpler for them to get back on track.”

Two of the three offenders involved in the attack, both teenagers, were arrested and charged. One person has been sentenced and another remains at large.

In today’s crime-data analysis, the combined African “offender incident” count is very low compared with Australian-born offenders but higher than would be expected given their small population in Victoria. The analysis focuses on countries from the war-torn Horn of Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea.

The data does not include Australian-born offenders from Horn of Africa families.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton has said the African crime problem involves a small number “(who are) mostly people born here”. Some African parents say their children born locally have to be viewed as products of the Australian experience, not the horrors of the home country.

Maribyrnong, Greater Dandenong, Mooney Valley, Brimbank, Yarra and Melbourne councils head the list of 19 East African crime clusters derived from official data for the top 10 nationalities linked to alleged offender incidents. In Maribyrnong, 2086 African offender incidents repres­ented 7.9 per cent of total incidents from 2008-18 yet the African-born accounted for only 1.34 per cent of the local population. One offender may be linked to multiple incidents and offences in the data. In Greater Dandenong, African offenders were linked to 3562 incidents, 5.8 per cent of the decade’s total in that council area, while making up only 0.9 per cent of the population.

The cut-off for The Australian's ranking of 19 councils with crime hotspots is 250 African offender incidents and 0.5 per cent of total incidents from 2008-18.

The number of African-born offender incidents statewide rose by 209 per cent over the decade to 2017-18. This outstripped African population growth, which increased by 57 per cent from the 2006 census to 2016. More offenders linked to multiple incidents may be part of the story.

The incident total for Horn of Africa-born offenders last ­financial year (3384 incidents) is still slight in comparison with ­Australian-born offender incidents (135,046).

Some of Labor’s safest seats overlap with African crime hotspots including Footscray and Williamstown. The Liberals have four seats with significant African crime (Caulfield, Gembrook, Malvern and Mount Waverley), the Greens three (Melbourne, Northcote and Prahran), and the Nationals one (Morwell).

In some cases, council and electorate share only a small area, meaning crime may be less of a political issue for the state MP.

The small group born in Eritrea, which has had its share of Horn of Africa conflict, hardly figures in the data for the top 10 crime nationalities. Sudanese, the biggest group, accounted for 73 per cent of African-born offender incidents last financial year.

In the past year, federal Coalition government ministers and the Andrews administration have clashed over law and order issues.


ANOTHER blackout in South Australia

Their "Green" electricity supply is very fragile and easily knocked out by normal wind

Strong wind gusts cut power to thousands of South Australians and whipped up a giant dust cloud over Adelaide as a cold change swept in on Monday evening.

After a 36C day, a southwesterly wind change swept across the Yorke Peninsula towards Adelaide, causing damage across the metropolitan area, Mt Lofty Ranges and parts of the Mid North.

The bureau issued a warning for damaging winds, which was cancelled later on Monday evening.

At the height of the blackout more than 11,000 customers were without power — these were across all the metropolitan area, as well as some towns on the western Eyre Peninsula.

The larger outages included almost 3000 people at Henley Beach, 2000 near Goodwood and 3000 in Somerton Park.

Power is now being restored. Today’s forecast is 20C, with medium chance of showers in the morning.

Accompanying the cool change were high winds of more than 90km/h that brought down trees and power lines.


Australian Principals at ‘breaking point’ as they struggle with violent parents and high stress

Teachers and principals across the country say they are at breaking point, too stressed from their workloads, pressures within the education system and abusive or violent parents.

In the worst cases teachers are attempting suicide or suffering major heart attacks.

Serious concerns are being raised over the mental health of Australian educators, with an “unprecedented” number of principals at risk.

Principals say parents are to blame and are calling for a national code of conduct to stop the abuse they face.

At St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney’s CBD one student had to be expelled last year because things between parents and a staff member became so bad.

In Victoria teachers say that have been forced to get the police to intervene.

Ann Marie Kliman, president of Victorian Principals Association, said she was physically assaulted by a student’s father.

On the Gold Coast principals have reported parents pulling knives on them, with one even threatening to ram their “head into concrete”.

The crisis across the country is subject of debate, with many teachers claiming it is the principals who are abusive towards them.

But Australian Primary Principals Association president Dennis Yarrington said aggressive and abusive parents were the biggest issue.

But he said the problem was indicative of a societal issue and has called for a national code of conduct for parents.

“It’s very concerning and even though there are a number of states and territories implementing support, there’s still more to be done,” Mr Yarrington said.

“We really need to crank up the focus that this is a community issue so we need a community response.

“It’s the behaviour of parents and community members that we feel is totally unacceptable.

“We want this issue raised as a national topic that needs a response from departments and communities.”

Mr Yarrington said just as students were asked to call out other bullies, they wanted parents to call out inappropriate behaviour too.

“If parents continue to role model it in front of children it makes it very hard for schools to try and change that behaviour,” he said.

The problem is so bad, principal wellbeing researcher Phil Riley said he had received dozens of “red flag” alerts from those taking part in his annual survey.

The Australian Catholic University education expert said one-in-three school principals who took part in the survey had been flagged this year — the worst he had ever seen.

Participants get red flagged if they answer questions indicating they are at risk.

The survey included questions over their quality of life, their psychosocial risk and whether they had felt like harming themselves in the last week.

“That’s unprecedented, we’ve never had anything like that before,” Dr Riley said. “Every year it’s getting worse and worse.”

The Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey indicates whether staff are burning out, having sleeping problems or are depressed.

“It’s pretty rough, and it’s uniform across the country, across the whole system,” Dr Riley.

About a third of principals across the country take part in the survey, which in previous years has also revealed alarming results.

Last year, Dr Riley indicated a “worrying trend” around the increase in stress caused by mental health issues among staff and students over the last six years.

“This is a worrying trend that goes well beyond the school gate,” he wrote.

“The costs associated with this trend were recently estimated to be $10.9 billion annually. As

the education workforce is very large, a significant proportion of these costs could be saved.

“PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia reported a 2.3 return on investment when organisations addressed the issues directly. It appears foolhardy not to do so in the education sector.”

His report also revealed 44 per cent of principals had been threatened with violence.

Principals are at the top end of a mental health crisis that is appears to be systemic across the education sector. has spoken to several formers teachers across the country who have been forced to leave their profession because of stress and bullying.

Current teachers said they were struggling with high workloads and pressures from NAPLAN requirements but were too scared to speak out.


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