The Minister for Home Affairs
The Hon Peter Dutton MP
Dear Mr Dutton,
Tuesday’s Guardian reports (and http://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/peterdutton/Pages/Interview-with-Chris-Kenny.aspx confirms), ‘Victorians are “scared to go out to restaurants” because of “African gang violence”, Peter Dutton has said, in an interview attacking the supposed lack of deterrence of crime in Victoria.
Please tell me the data to support this statement.
• What is the number of people who scared to go out to restaurants?
• How was the data obtained?
• Which regions or suburbs does it apply to?
The Guardian reports further,
‘Dutton blamed Daniel Andrews, calling for the premier to pass stricter bail laws and to stop appointing “civil libertarians” as magistrates.’
Please tell me which magistrates do you consider to be civil libertarians. The people of Victoria need to know this.
You are reported as saying,
‘… the reality is people are scared to go out to restaurants of a night time because they’re followed home by these gangs, home invasion and cars are stolen.’
How many people does your data show
• have been followed home by “these” gangs
• have suffered home invasions
• have had their cars stolen?
If you can’t or won’t provide these data your statement must be considered bullshit*.
If you can’t or won’t provide these data the anti-South Sudanese ‘gangs’ campaign by you, Mr Turnbull and Mr Hunt must be considered supremely and cynically political.
John Howard’s ‘children overboard’ campaign was demonstrably political and is now known to be baseless in fact. In short he used the lives of human, in that case refugees, as a political weapon.
You appear to be doing the same.
sent: 3 January 2018
*Bullshit is described as a statement without reference to fact. Conversely a lie contradicts a fact.
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