‘A deadly day’ in Melbourne as tide turns on Invasion Day

Viktoria Ivanova The tide has turned. January 26 is becoming established as Invasion Day. Tens of thousands marched in Melbourne, 15,000 in Sydney and up to 10,000 in Brisbane to support Indigenous rights. “Let’s have a deadly day!”, Wurundjeri man Bill Nicholson said, ending his welcome to country and kic...CONTINUE READING

Sudanese youth: over-represented or over-policed?

Viktoria Ivanova Countless articles, with “African gangs” or similar in their headlines, state that Victoria’s Sudanese population is over-represented in crime statistics. According to the latest data by Victoria’s Crime Statistics Agency (CSA), Sudanese-born migrants make up 0.1 percent of the general pop...CONTINUE READING

‘African gangs’ hysteria is a stinking pile of racist BS

Viktoria Ivanova If we are to believe politicians and the press, Victoria is in a crime apocalypse. Headlines read: “State of fear”, “State of disorder”, “Calls for action against rioting African mobs” and “Trauma of crime lingers in wake of African gang rampage”. The federal minister for home affairs, Pet...CONTINUE READING

The origins of inequality

Viktoria Ivanova “Inequality is not only natural and inborn, it grows with the complexity of civilization,” wrote the late US historian William Durant. “Economic development specialises functions, differentiates abilities, and makes men unequally valuable to their group.” It is common sense that inequality...CONTINUE READING

Bitter fruit of law and order agenda

Viktoria Ivanova Prisoner numbers are increasing at a rate almost three times faster than the general population, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. “You can’t build prisons fast enough at the moment to deal with the incoming prisoners”, says Don Weatherburn, director of the NSW Bureau o...CONTINUE READING