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Neither stoking fears nor sugar-coating will help solve crime problem

While overstating the scale of the problems created by the criminal activity of some members of the African-Australian community in Melbourne is unhelpful and damaging, so is denying that any issue exists.

  • Editorial
  • The Age

As with so much in life, the truth tends to lie somewhere in the middle.

The death of 19-year-old Laa Chol in a CBD apartment block on Friday night has yet again placed the spotlight squarely on this community.

Flef 5eThe statistics tell us crime in Victoria is falling, and that Sudanese-born Victorians are responsible for only 1 per cent of those crimes.

That number rises to almost 4 per…

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