Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says deport violent African thugs. It begs the question: why did he let them in, in the first place?
The senior cabinet minister, who will soon head a new super Home Affairs department, was asked about Liberal backbencher Jason Wood’s call to deport youth gang members convicted of serious assault, home invasion and carjackings.
‘Frankly, they don’t belong in Australian society,’ Mr Dutton told Sydney radio station 2GB on Wednesday.
‘If people haven’t integrated, if they’re not abiding by our laws, if they’re not adhering to our culture, then they’re not welcome here.’
Mr Dutton, who hails from the right of the Liberal Party, also criticised Victoria’s Labor Police Minister Lisa Neville who last week denied the strong link between gangs and African youths.
‘Home invasions and cars are stolen.
‘We just need to call it for what it is. Of course it’s African gang violence.
‘We need to weed out the people who have done the wrong thing, deport them where we can but where they’re Australian citizens, need to deal with them according to the law.’
Only days before Christmas, ‘MTS’ graffiti was also scrawled on an AirBnB party house at Werribee, also in Melbourne’s west.
Rocks were also pelted at police forcing them to retreat from the house, when more than 100 youths of primarily South Sudanese appearance turned on them.
On Boxing Day, a police officer was kicked in the face when he tried to arrest a 16-year boy at the Highpoint Shopping Centre at Maribyrnong.
In June, a man was struck in the head with a tomahawk when a gang of 15 men burst into a barber shop at nearby Footscray and started brawling.