Melbourne’s Sudanese gangs are real: Turnbull

July 18, 2018

Malcolm Turnbull says Sudanese gangs are a real concern for Melbourne but Victoria’s Premier says the Prime Minister “doesn’t know what he’s talking about”.

Over 7 months ago the Conservative Party warned that Victoria was losing the battle on community safety and yet again at least one major party has started to echo our concerns.

The latest battle between Mr Turnbull and Daniel Andrews came after another fortnight of headlines dominated by bashings and wild parties linked to youths of African appearance.

Mr Turnbull said the issue of youth crime in Melbourne’s South Sudanese community could not be tackled if politicians continued to deny the problem.

“The fact is there is a gang issue here and you are not going to make it go away by pretending it doesn’t exist,’’ Mr Turnbull said.

“At some point you have to be fair dinkum and you have to acknowledge that there is a concern; people are concerned about it, it is a community policing issue, it is an issue for state government, for state leadership".

“You have to be honest, there are Sudanese gangs in Melbourne. It is an issue.’’ He told Melbourne’s 3AW radio yesterday that colleagues had relayed to him the concerns of Victorians about violent street crime and “Sudanese gangs”.

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