Indian students are the latest victims of liberal social policies and policing
“Sunjay” chats to Jon Faine
Friday 29 May 2009.
As he takes talkback calls day in and day out, the voice of 774 ABC Melbourne’s morning presenter Jon Faine always seems to warm noticeably when he engages a caller with an ethnic name.
So it was Friday morning when “Sunjay” (phon.) came on the line to comment about the attacks on Indian students, the topic that had been running hot throughout the first hour of the program.
Whereas a number of callers and SMS texters, with knee-jerk predictability, pointed the finger at Australians who parade the Southern Cross emblem as the most violent and racist element of society, “Sunjay” had a different explanation for what has been going on.
“Sunjay”, an Indian student turned businessman who now employs Indian students, made three interesting points:
”¢ He said he didn’t think Australians were racist.
”¢ The students who worked for him said the attackers were Africans and Islanders, especially in areas like St Albans and Sunshine.
”¢ He said the gangs had no fear of police and were just wandering around, picking on the most vulnerable targets they could find.
Faine, whose show tends to project a “social-workers-in-uniform” view of policing, linked the attacks to other violent, alcohol-fuelled youth behaviour in Melbourne that had been reported widely earlier in the week. Inadequate policing from an under-staffed force had been cited as contributing to the criminal behaviour.
But the level of the police presence in the street is not the only factor.
There have been reports that officially sanctioned political correctness has hampered police action against ethnic gangs.
Last November, after then police commissioner Christine Nixon announced her intention to retire, Peter Faris QC wrote of the need for measures to defeminise the police force and toughen it up.
“The apparent Nixon policy of softly-softly community policing must be ended and replaced with tough, honest cops doing the job,” Faris wrote.
“All this fancy stuff of going easy on violent demonstrators and other nuisances must stop.
“The message must be sent that the law will be enforced at all times and all necessary force applied.”
The reporting of this issue by Fairfax newspapers and the ABC, with their politically correct house policy of identifying the victims, but never the perpetrators, in racial or ethnic terms, serves to promote one of the Left’s constant themes – the assertion that Australia is a racist nation. (For example, see this report by Matt Wade and Sushi Das in the Age yesterday.)
For Indians considering study in Melbourne, the reasons for the violence are neither here nor there. All they need to know is that it is happening. (Suggestion: before dumping Australia per se, intending students from India should simply consider Australian cities where postmodern policing methods are perhaps less advanced than they are in Melbourne.)
However, Australians, or, in this case, Victorians, do need to know why it’s happening and why it is getting worse. They need to know why the zone of youth violence, once limited to the King Street night club area of the Melbourne CBD, is now extending unimpeded throughout the city.
Leftists like Jon Faine wring their hands and wonder “how has society come to this?” Faine and his fellow travellers in media, academia and government, blind to the consequences of postmodern liberalism, seem unable to accept the fact that people like Peter Faris and talkback caller “Sunjay” seem to know the answer to that question; and they know what needs to be done to fix the situation.