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(generated from captions) with your home makeover - So, Wendy, where are we gonna start This program is captioned live. in our Dateline slot again - Next week, the cricket will be but, for the last time. Cheers from some, tears from others. But the following week, of conflict reporting, two real veterans Paul McGeough the 'Sydney Morning Herald's and our own David Brill together on a road trip in war-torn Afghanistan. that encapsulates the crisis and we're going to Gardez. 6 o'clock in the morning, the south-east of Afghanistan. The KG road is meant to open up But the Taliban are never far away. over there We've had attacks from those hills and when we go up over the pass mountain range to the far side we've had attacks on the they've operated from as well. over there, over there,

to me yesterday that An American officer made the point as an engineering project that strip is the 21st century and he said to me, he said, "Walk a few metres off the road," "you're back in Biblical times." Was Afghanistan ready for those two? I guess we'll find out! That's it for this week. Don't forget our website: Howzat? See you in a fortnight. by Red Bee Media Australia Supertext captions www.redbeemedia.com.au MESSAGES OVER POLICE RADIO of a Flemington cop # This is the plot in four apartment blocks # 5000 people living Touching Heaven's gates # 20 storeys high public housing estate # This is the Flemington It's like a small town # So many individuals Children on the playground # Elders walking around They chase bigger things # But some don't play # No interest in the basketball ring # Let me state the facts # Eritreans, Somalis and Ethiopians # Take the residency Greeks, Turks and Vietnamese # Where it was once the young kick back # When the sun sets

of what's happening # Police need to be aware where the trouble may brew # At night to keep that word true. # # 'Community' - we need is in inner-city Melbourne. The Flemington Public Housing Estate are families who have fled wars Many of the residents in Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea to set up a new life in Australia. to over 4000 people The estate is home and over half are under 25. This is the design of Flemington.

the four high-rises, As you can see, live in these four flats. you've got four... 5000 people That is what we're working with. as a refugee at the age of 16. Somali-born Ahmed Ahmed arrived He's now the local youth worker and the estate kids and mediates between the police with the law. who find themselves in trouble there's crap everywhere. I don't even know what this crap is, is Constable Andrew "AJ" Allen. Well-known to Ahmed for three years. AJ has worked at Flemington Station Community Liaison Officer, Today he is taking on a new position and the community. the middleman between the cops That's why it's like that. That's not good. and it comes with a tough brief, It's not a popular job to improve poor relations living on the estate. between the cops and the young people It's looking better. with youth Policing's always had a problem

because kids are kids. probably still am, just got older. I was a smart alec once, in that moustache. There's far too much eyeliner Si senor! Dodgy Mexican. Yeah. live down at the flats. The youth here is the streets of Flemington. Their backyard in their groups They play in their backyard in groups of 10, 15. because there's so many of them you know... They egg each other on, "Oh, let's mouth off at the police." the police come down, When we react, they don't like it. The police react. in many different countries. Constable Allen's worn a uniform with the Air Force Police, He spent ten years and the Middle East. and was deployed in East Timor Where are you going? Multi-Faith Dinner. Chief Commissioner's You look very handsome. You look nice. I'll give you some money later. Rrrrrrr! (Laughs) Okay, baby. between cops and kids Ahmed understands the tensions better than most. and two young daughters. He lives on the estate with his wife before you leave in the morning, You can just, how the traffic is. step out and look at from here. You can see as far as Highpoint where my daughter will be going. That's the kindergarten especially with Africa is, The thing with the, the youth still stays at home. you've got 15, 14, 16 years old When it gets 7, 8 o'clock, they're watching TV, there's a lot of kids at home, they just don't want to be in there. sit down there, So they'll just go downstairs, until it gets about 9, 10 o'clock you know chit chat, talk

disappearing one by one. and then they'll start because when you have bunch of boys And that's where the problem happens have absolutely nothing to do, getting together, that's where it creates problem. and say "I dare who does this." One of them will just flick an idea a problem on your hands. And that's it, you just have with the neighbours, it's on. You have a problem with the cops, on the estate Ahmed and many residents to Constable Glenn Birt. are well-known and community leaders Today he's invited Ahmed to meet their new community cop. to a morning tea

Ahmed stop gasbagging. If we could just make a move... As I sent out in the emails, would have received, probably most of you that have taken on new roles today is a chance to meet police the Flemington, Moonee Valley area. in and around as Glenn said. My name's Andrew Allen the name AJ, that's me, too. I'm also known as AJ, so if you hear for three years. I've been at Flemington Station general duties. I've worked basically As Glenn's moving on, I've been offered the role, so I'm taking the role. We're looking to start more initiatives with ages 16 to 20 and continue the good work that Glenn started. I made mistakes early on, by trying to run initiatives almost solo. I realised we can't do anything properly without the different groups. Flemington Police Station is doing an incredible job with the wider community

but you've failed in the youth section. And I'm saying it straightforward, there's a big failure. Things are not working when it comes to the youth. Frankly, there's four or five boys down there that are just criminals. And they're almost, for me, they're almost like a cancer amongst the other group of boys. They're role models, in some ways. They're leading other boys down the same path they've been down before. It frustrates me because you know that some of these kids are good but they're hanging out with boys that continually commit crime. Glenn Birt pioneered the role of community cop at Flemington, but after two years he's moving on. He's warned AJ that some police colleagues don't share his enthusiasm for community policing. A lot of people hate the track we've gone down. Some people have got problems with us engaging the community... (Sighs) ..in a friendly manner. You know, by camping trips and like Kokoda, running the soccer programs. A lot of people think it's a waste of police resources and time and energy. I don't think there's a group, an organisation, that hates change as much as us. CHILDREN SING 'ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR' Well-known to police is 19-year-old Somali, Ahmed Dini. He's lived on the estate for over 10 years and has often been on the wrong side of the law. Now he's become an advocate for the rights of young Africans on the estate. Today he's receiving an award from the Chief Commissioner for his work with the Community Policing Project. Mr Ahmed Dini, African community leader. APPLAUSE How would you say relationships were with you and other people your age with the police in the first few years that you were here? It was pretty intense. Police were assaulting young people in the area and vice versa, young people were throwing rocks at police cars and tipping police cars over and doing whatever they can in trying to say "We've got to get back and get even." I was seen as a thug leader and I was probably the main problem the police thought. But now everyone wants to work together, to understand one other. Awarded to Ahmed Dini for excellence in promoting of Police and African Community Relationships

in the Region 3 area of Melbourne.

Despite the support for community policing at the highest levels, AJ is discovering that there are few resources. I don't have a budget. I've done everything for next to nothing. Do you do all the paper trails and things of how you've done it? It's all in my head, basically. That's a worry.

It's a matter of getting on the internet, typing in 'grant' and away you go. Here we go. Just google everything. Here's a perfect one straightaway. I've typed in 'grant sport Victoria'. A guide to grants and funding programs, Victorian Sporting and Recreational Service organisations. And there's all these different grants. There's tennis courts there which don't really get used. There's that basketball court, half court, basketball court and an oval that looked like camels run around on it. So that's why, at most opportunities I get, I let people know that you've got thousands of people living there, most of which are kids, and yet you've got... Hardly any infrastructure. ..disgraceful... I don't know if the way they think is that if we build a nice gym and have a beautiful, beautiful lawn and an oval, that people will never want to leave. That's one thing that I often think that maybe they don't put any money into the facilities in there because they're scared that... they're afraid the Africans will stay there for a long time. How are you going? A lot of people think that policing is about catching crooks and they're right, it is, that's the buzz but it's really about helping people and to try and bridge the gap

to let them know the police are here to help, not here to harass or to intimidate. Righto. Let's do the Harold Holt.

Today is AJ's first solo assignment as community cop. He's helping with the Halal sausage sizzle. The Muslim African community has organised a big festival for the estate. It's to celebrate the end of Ramadan the month when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk.

RAP SONG It's amazing, you've got so many people living in one area and all you've really got is this soccer field. You've got the community centre here which is only open certain hours and it's probably more catered to like the groups like the ladies so they've got somewhere to go, which is great, but once again maybe the youth are missing out that way because, I mean, of a night-time, there's no lights, there's no after hours sport being done here and I mean sport, when I was growing up was probably the biggest thing as a young youth, and you probably find that's the way to go with them as well. Push that button in there. Push it in. Push down hard. SIREN WAILS You're under arrest. (Amplified) Everybody, please get out of the building. (All laugh) Is it a good job? A very good job, yeah. It's good to help people, that's what we do. We're the police. As night falls, many African families from the estate continue the celebrations with a visit to a cinema at a nearby shopping centre. To other news now, and shoppers have described their terror after a violent brawl erupted inside a Melbourne shopping centre. Police say it started with a fight between a group of teenagers at the Hoyts Cinema. SCREAMS AND YELLS As a huge crowd gathered, confusion reigned and police moved in to arrest the troublemakers. Management says it had no previous problems with African gangs but will be reviewing security. (Women sing) The clash between the police and African teenagers is the main discussion the next day at the women's end of Ramadan celebration. ULULATING Many of these women were at the shopping centre with their children and were caught up in the event. It started with just two little girls but it turned into something big. It wasn't really big, but the police and everybody else, and security, turned it into something really big. They were kicking the kids, bashing them, threatening them, swearing at them. If you saw what we saw yesterday, you would not think... Angry, angry... Very angry. Angry. I don't know why they're angry. "Fucking black shit! Fucking black shit!" The police, the way they handled the incident yesterday, it wasn't a proper way. The media was even worser. They call us a gang, you know. We call the police for protection, we don't call them for them to kick our ass. We call them because we need protection. Now they... We need protection from them. You know how it is - you settle down, put on a few kilos.

But I'm not worried. VOICEOVER: One in two Australian adults is overweight. Then you have kids.

(GROWLS PLAYFULLY) (GIRL GIGGLES) (LAUGHS) Life gets busier. You let yourself go a bit. I'm not worried. An unhealthy lifestyle can seriously affect your health. For most people, waistlines of over 94cm for men and 80cm for women increase the health risks. But when I first realised it was affecting my health... (PANTS) ..well, yeah, I got worried. The more you gain, the more you have to lose. To find out how you measure up, go to australia.gov.au/MeasureUp

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AJ's boss, District Inspector Nigel Howard, is concerned about the effect of the shopping centre clash on the estate kids so he's invited youth leader Ahmed Dini to give him a front line perspective. What's the problem, what's the problem between them and us? Well. It's very, it's very complicated, it's not just really easy, you know, out there thing. These young people who because they've done certain things against the law, they've be taken to court and they've just built this anti-police kind of mentality, In other words, you're telling me, they hate the coppers. No it's not actually, I wouldn't really call it hating the police, it's just because the pol the music they listen to, kind of disses, like disrespects police, but also, it's fair to say these few police officers when they do come down, they do not help the cause because they show aggression and they show like kind of abuse, and then the young person who hated the police, he'll point the finger and say they're exactly like that. Probably one of the biggest concerns for me, Ahmed, is the language and the way it's used towards the members, the tone. It's to the stage where it's insulting. Yeah. No need for the abuse and garbage that goes on and that's both sides. We can all be a bit flippant with some of our language sometimes, but if there's remarks being made and they're racial, or whatever, I want to know about it. All right. Cos I'm not gonna tolerate it. But at the same time, I want the respect from the youth down there. Night-time at the estate is when problems often happen. There's only one small community facility for the residents, but it's run like a private business and usually shuts its doors at 5 o'clock. So the kids are forced to walk 15 minutes up the road to a centre on a different estate in North Melbourne. This one is only open two nights a week until 9.30. But the community and the police have found a spare room to turn into a youth gym. AJ and Inspector Howard are using tonight's sneak preview to spend time with some of the young men. CHATTER This is probably going to take another month or six weeks to get up and running. I'd like to think we don't use this as a barrier. We can come and have a workout, chat to you, get to know you. Steve Reynolds is the Flemington Station boss. He hears from his own officers about their troubles with local kids. This is a rare opportunity to learn from the other side. Now we're interacting with you guys, yeah. There's just four or five of you guys that we know. If we interacted with more of them, maybe we'd get somewhere. If you said hello, you would be amazed at the reaction you'd get and how more positive things would be. Like I was saying to one of the other fellas, you guys are standing there, we come up, and you're sizing each other up, it's a natural thing. All right, no worries. Righto. Well, you'll see AJ on Saturday. It's just all fuckin show, man. They're not gonna do shit. RAP SONG: # Coming round the block Every night and day

# Checking up on us And then just driving away # This has been a part Of everyday life here. # Pleased with the night, AJ and his bosses are heading back to the station when a report comes over the radio. What's the offence? POLICE RADIO TRAFFIC No one is arrested but AJ is worried that the goodwill forged with the young men at the gym may have just collapsed. Four weeks into the job and AJ is stuck behind his desk. He spends hours net surfing and phoning to find grants for programs to support the community. Many of his colleagues think a cop in casual clothes is a waste of police resources. When you're out on the van and you're driving around, there's just job after job, and you go to a domestic and it's a code 12, a car accident, then you've got something else,

and you really don't even have time to scratch yourself. You've started at quarter to 7 for a 7 o'clock shift and you're out in the truck by 5 to 7 already because there's things happening already and you don't stop and you come in and there's a guy who's not in uniform, who's sitting out the back, flitting in and out, who is your peer. I could understand why they'd go "Well, what the... is he doing?" I've found 40 bucks. Was that yours? But you've probably got to spend a bit of time with people. And I learnt that in the military, too, you can't judge a book by its cover, you just don't know what's going on. Hello. It's AJ. How are you doing? Who's at the front counter? What do you mean, a lot of kids?

PHONE RINGS What's going on? That was quick. Oh, I'm sorry. (Laughs) AJ knows these kids well. Last year they were all part of a police team that walked the Kokoda Trail in the New Guinea jungle. They formed close bonds during the two-week slog through mountains and mud. Now AJ wants the same group to be part of his first attempt at a job creation scheme. Can we go? No, I need to talk to you guys. Do you wanna do a coffee course? ALL: Yeah. That's why we came here, to talk to you about that. We've got initially six spots for the first coffee course, so I was going to put you guys and the girls from Kokoda on first. So if you want to work it out, I'll get it up and running. It's only one night, and you get a certificate and all that stuff and they'll get you some spots to do some work as well, I think. See you, mate. Come and see me when you come back. All right. Bye, AJ. Do that handshake the gangsta way. Wait you go like this.

No, no, no. You go like that, then you go like that, then you go like that. It's so obvious what one of the biggest fixes would be, it just smacks you in the face is, you've got the North Melbourne Community Centre over the back there that's rundown and it's pretty ordinary really, but it's something for the kids. If they had a community centre here, if they built one at Flemington where there's so many thousands of people and they put in arts and crafts for the ladies, something for the girls, you know, the girls want to do gym, sports for the girls, netball courts, for the guys, basketball courts, soccer and all that. And then just put a little bit of money into it, for the money we're spending on crime prevention, um... it'd be a better place. RAP SONG Every night's the same stuff. If you're coming here and playing pool for the last ten years, you kinda get bored.

As well as speaking up for young African men, Ahmed Dini is a second-year Politics student. Like many of the older kids he finds the flat he shares with his large family too cramped for socialising. We've got big families. You can't just say I'll go to a friend's house for a while. That's why we all come down to talk to each other and that's why you people find a lot of us in groups. It's different just saying oh, I came from, you know, Africa and now I live in a better country with a lot of opportunities. Yeah, you got the opportunities but you've gotta send your money back because you've got a lot of family members who are in a worse situation than you are. Several months ago Ahmed was involved in a confrontation between a friend and the police. He was charged with hindering the police and now he's deferred his university course to fight the charges in court. There's a disengagement, there's disconnection between the young African youth and the wider society, and that's the truth. We're not saying we're integrating into society, assimilating. You really can't because you've got a family value, a family expectation on you. And you've got the widest community that you wanna be part of. As an African young person, I feel like I'm actually in the middle, in a gap between what I'm supposed to do from a family point of view or from my cultural point of view from where I came from to where I'm heading. But with police issues, the whole thing just becomes a whole part... Exactly, just part of the problem. Don't say... But with police... I felt like you were saying police are the problem. A younger person who's already confused can't handle police brutality. 9.30 and the centre closes. Ahmed and his friends head for the only light available, the basketball court at the Flemington Estate.

RAP SONG AJ has been invited to the monthly meeting of one of the most influential groups on the estate, the African Women's Network. Many of these women feel their sons are being victimised by the police.

But lack of community resources is the main topic today. Ahmed is determined to get the local council to do something

about the opening hours of the community centre. What's there for kids who live here to do? Don't point to other places. You've already got a community centre. It's a matter of using it. You've got a community centre there, my question is, why can't we use that centre a few nights a week? The reality is, we live here, we need something here. That's all. I've enjoyed my first meeting. Absolutely. And I'm very happy... Lucky that says Victoria Police, not Moonee Valley City Council. I was pretty happy with that. That's true, he's good man. All right, see you later. Take care.

It's the first time I've been on my Pat Malone, so... They fired a lot of negative shots about the police and look, I can't argue with that, that's their opinion. I'm obviously privy to a bit more than they are about what's happened and why police have reacted. PHONE RINGS Constable Allen. How you going, boss? Well, I'm just finished at the African Women's Network meeting. Yeah, no, very positive. Yep. Thanks, mate. RHYTHMIC MUSIC RAP SONG RAP SONG Ahmed's lobbying to get the community centre opened has paid off in a surprising way. The Salvation Army Mobile Youth Centre is a games arcade on wheels. RAP SONG The cops pulled strings to get the bus here two nights a week, but they've agreed to stay away and let the community run the program. No point, all right. Behave yourself. Hey, you know who this is? Oh, yeah. Who's that? Who is he, but? Later in the night the older boys show up. They see me talking to you, that's not a problem. Some of the boys are very shy, some of them, their English isn't that good. At times it's just the fact that you also question the police. The young people I hear "Oh, she's talking to the police" so they're very suspicious, like what we say to the police here.

And even if you're independent and it goes on SBS will the police come and target me afterwards? Yeah, we've got cops here tonight. I don't see there's any point for them being here. I'd would love to see AJ cos he's the one who really works hard with these kids and he's got a good relationship with the kids. It takes just one kid who says what the "f" the cops are doing here, and that's it, and they'll be in his house, smart as they come. If he tries to actually take on that and try to answer the kid that's it, you have a huge incident tonight. But so far the guys, they've been really great and the two cops are here, they're doing a good job. Thanks for the tour. No worries. I'll catch you round. Have a good one. You too, mate. See you later. See you. At midnight the bus packs up and the boys head back to the estate. # Now the cops are trying to do something they've never done # Helping the kids in Flemington all succeed as one... # What would you like to learn from today's class? I'll start off with you. I want to learn how to do that. That? Yeah. I wanna learn to use the coffee machine. I wanna make a coffee with a flower on it for my mum. Ah, you want to learn how to do the patterns. Excellent. The baby cappuccino. Babycino. Babycino. Loves the babycinos. AJ's happy and relieved. He's got his first practical training program off the ground. Circles, by dragging the cream of the coffee through the actual coffee itself so we get that nice pattern there like that. Try it first. You're gonna wreck it. AJ has another reason to be pleased. 19-year-old Suad

who was on the police-run Kokoda expedition last year

has decided to join the Victorian Police. The tension that's going on now, you know, people might not understand "Why are you joining the Police Force?" Towards the African people, they are the biggest enemy at the moment. But in a way, you know, I am doing something for my people and I am doing something, you know, out there to help people, you know. (Laughs) What are you doing? What is that? Yin and yang, mate. I'm an artiste. Clearly, the police don't really understand how things go with African people it's really hard for them it's really hard for and African people, to really adapt into the Australian cultures and for them to be stopped by police and asked for their name and date of birth and everything, that creates a big issue. The main thing in African community is your reputation. And for you to be spoken to by a policeman or policewoman is putting your reputation down. People will look at you and will say "Oh my God, this kid is bad, he's in trouble with the police." They don't look at it as them asking questions "Did you see anything?" They're not looking at it the normal way. Congratulations! Oh! Take a bow, teacher's pet. They're all my pets. It's Ahmed Dini's day in court. He's been charged with hindering a police officer during the late-night arrest of a friend. He says the police are punishing him for official complaints he's made about police behaviour. I'm pleading not guilty, I did not hinder no police. Obviously, the judge will decide that today. I'm pretty confident. Sometimes it gives you the idea of, you know, why bother, you know, working with the police, all this stuff if you're gonna be charged for something you haven't done. But, you know, individual police officers do individual things.

They do also a lot of stupid things, some of them, but that's not reflecting on entire police, Victoria Police. The magistrate cleared Ahmed The magistrate cleared Ahmed of all charges.

RAP: # Beyond this life we didn't think twice # Went where the wind blew Took me to heights # Then I stood smoking about # Joking about the times we'd all go out # Now I know why they say stay young # Cos in that period you could have fun... # Tonight's a significant moment in this refugee community's history. Ahmed Ahmed and others have organised an event to recognise the special achievements of their graduating Year 12 students. Number one, the first African student that gets 90 pass, I think he got 94, Abdirahman Ali. CHEERS AND APPLAUSE I like to thank my mum, I could not have done this without my mum and without her help. APPLAUSE Year 12 is not an easy year

and so I'd like to thank my mum and my family to always support me through it. To the young Africans now that, I don't think you have any more reasons to get in the 60s or 50s. You have to get over 90 every time. Thanks. APPLAUSE Ahmed Dini has decided to return to his studies. I already put my application, everything's through and I will be going to university this year. There's an opportunity for myself to maybe try to get a youth consultant job, somewhere in Flemington. So if I can do that for two days and go to school for three days, I'm more than, I'm more than happy. He actually stole my name. This is the real Ahmed, all right. When he came to Australia, he was Ahmed Mohamed. He changed Mohamed to Ahmed. He wanted to steal it. You ain't going nowhere, man. The Flemington Police are involved in their own special occasion. The youth gym at the North Melbourne Centre is finished and it's being launched with a working bee and sign-up day. AJ has organised a special attraction, the police Hummer. It's going to be a big drawcard, and it's got a heated seat. Some smart alec left the heated seat on - I'm getting a hot arse. Not bad, is it? We don't want to be in their face all the time either, We do want to build bridges, give them opportunities, but not necessarily be there all the time. I'd love to give you a hand, but... I don't think I'll get paint over the uniform today. We're putting faces up here. You want your face up here?

No, no, because you blokes will be all down here going... "Gonna get that bloke!" (All laugh) Probably start working out. Some of the boys can get bigger. We still run faster than the police. We've always run faster. It'd be hard for the police to arrest them. So, I don't know, I think the police haven't done much thinking about that one. Remember, it's not about just being quick,

you've got to be able to control the ball. Around the cones. Around the cones. AJ's search for funds has paid off for the children on the estate. There's money for a soccer clinic. The two Ahmeds and a team of older boys have agreed to help AJ with the coaching. Come on, keep going. That's good. Keep playing, keep playing. Stop it, now stop it. Round the cones, keep going. Oh, hey, what's going on here? All right? See? We'll just clean it off. It hurts for her. And then we'll put the Band-Aid on. Okay? All right, there we go. Oh! You're missing out on something. How's that feel? Bend your leg for me. Is that better? That going to be all right? You gonna give me five or not? Okay, let's go. The leaders of Melbourne's African community are blaming police racism after teenagers set upon officers patrolling Flemington's high-rise housing estate. REPORTER: The housing estate became a battleground late last night after police moved in on two youths who threw a rock at a police divisional van in nearby Racecourse Road. FEMALE REPORTER: The African community here believes their young men are under siege by Victoria Police. I believe this is a provocation from the police. My members will not come down here and be insulted. Enough is enough in respect to that. You've got cops who are racist, I'm saying again, who are racist, who are corrupted, coming around and harassing these kids. There's no racial tension down here. The African community is outraged by the police behaviour and media response. They call an urgent meeting to respond to what they see as heavy-handed police action.

The news crews and police are told to stay away. So if we've got to talk about racism and police, we'll stay all night here. But what we want now is, there is allegation here, serious allegation. And that is, are we throwing stones to police? One. Two. Are we making any problems on the street? So please, let's talk. object at a police car, all right? object at a police car, all righ There was someone who threw some It wasn't a rock, let me tell youse, If a lollypop becomes a rock, obviously it's still an object, someone is trying to provoke the police. is because of constant abuse of The reason we provoke the police is because of constant abuse of us. We have to retaliate. A 17-year-old kid will always retaliate. Someone said here walk away from the police, when they talk to you. We walk away, you know what they call us, walk away, you monkey! All right, you don't turn around then and do something. Right, you do not walk away. You have rights.

This is Australia, right,

this is not where brutality happens in Africa. Stand up to the police and say "Mate, I have rights." Why is it young boys, ask yourselves that question.

Why only young boys? Why aren't we having the same problem with young girls? I mean, girls like to hang out in big crowds too. We sit outside as well and we like to socialise. But we don't get into trouble with the law. Why is that? What you people need to understand is if something's been said to you, or like the police have been targeting you, you don't attack them. There's a smarter way to be dealing with it and you win by dealing with it the smarter way.

Not with your hands, not with your mouth, but with the law.

It's really good to see the community coming together, and taking a stand against this, And that's what today was about, you know. And we obviously sometimes you've got to disagree to agree. We need to disagree to agree. I'm happy, it's the first time ever in Australia, I believe, something like this has taken place. We were just told to choose six representatives that are constantly gonna meet with the community leaders, and obviously advocate for young people's rights. And we've just done that. It seems whenever there's progress, there's some new clash. AJ is unhappy that police colleagues have been accused of racism. People that we're working with, like Ahmed Ahmed, coming out and making statements on national TV calling us corrupt and racist. No one in this station that I know of that is out and out racist. We are in Flemington. It's an immigration area for Ministry of Housing. You know, that's the people we deal with every day. So what, if we see someone from another nationality we can't talk to them without getting called "Oh, you're racist." It's unbelievable. I just, just find it... I just find it frustrating because everything we're trying to achieve

can be blown out of the water by a simple comment "Oh, they're racist. Well, they're all racists." We're just trying to do our job. You always need your middlemen, and that's probably my role, I'm the middleman. You're gonna have times when people think it's a waste of time. But right now we haven't just lost the youth now, we've lost contact with the Somali and the African community down there as a whole which is not good. We now need to mend these bridges. Then we've got to get back to the core problem which was the youth. Despite the tensions between the police and the community AJ and the kids from the Kokoda trek have accepted an invitation to lunch with the Police Commissioner.

# Peace to the people in the south west please # Look kinda strange Some come from overseas # Made a friend here and there My chain's sort of valuable # Please don't stare as I prepare, do I dare # Bad-ass jester playing ball with flare # Being young was always cool # Can't be a fool what a gas, old school. # Ahmed who also went on the trek is still angry with the police. Yeah, I wasn't going to come, and I had seven or eight phone calls this morning all from the kids. They're saying you were there, so you have to be here today. I'm here for them, not for the police. I left school and I had no idea what I was gonna do and I thought I'll join the police and I did. But there were 130 women, that's all,

in the New South Wales, I came out of there. Then to be the Commissioner, too, is really good. It's good for you because if I can do it, you can do it. That's really all we ever wanted, for lots of us who fought for equality for women and to have opportunities to do things, so you could just do it. So that's why you guys need to think about joining us. Yeah. We'll have to get together sooner rather than later and sort this thing out and get it all over with.

Look, I was a little bit frustrated the other day. I can see that, but it came out... It didn't look good, though, did it? Cos all they did was hammer out "racist and corrupt". You know, I mean it really gives a negative light on what we're trying to achieve.

I'm not just saying from our point of view. Whatever programs that we're doing or we're involved, it's got nothing to do with what's happening. We need to sort that out too. Sort all these things out. We will, we will, I'm sure we will. We will. We'll get there, we will. Definitely. A time of crisis can often give way to a time of opportunity. At Colonial First State, our team is hard at work to maximise these opportunities. We are Australia's largest fund manager. All of our training, experience and investment power is behind you. And we never lose sight of the fact And we never lose sight of the fa it's your money we're managing. We want what you want. Colonial First State. Come on, quick! I can't go to a do with friends that are in the police force and "Oh geez, you're under the pump there at Flemington." That's how it's reported in the media. It is a busy station but I think it's blown a bit out of proportion with the media reports. And the same for the kids. I mean, they talk about... all the media they get is,

you know, African youths and gangs and how bad they are. Well, they're not all bad.

There's probably a dozen kids down there that continually get in trouble and do the wrong thing but the majority of kids down there are just normal kids just trying to get along. The clash has one positive outcome. AJ has taken up an offer from a top basketball team, the Melbourne Tigers, to come and shoot some hoops with the boys on the estate. AJ has approved the TV cameras. Perhaps at last they can do an upbeat story about African youth. AJ, the media's here for the Tigers, yeah? Yeah, nothing to do - it's nothing to do with the boys or anything. All it's about about is how they're giving tickets away and... Okay, yeah, yeah. It's more of a publicity thing for the All Star game. It's not surprising that Ahmed is wary of the news crews. They've been a constant presence on the estate since the clash with police a few days ago. The kids are feeling under siege. There's too much media. I thought it was just... He told me there were media coming but I thought it was just the newspapers and stuff, but it's more, much more than them now. We'll see. It's good to have, obviously, It's good to have, obviously, the people in sport to come down and things like this should often happen, you know. Obviously, it takes a bad thing to happen for things to come. They always say, a little thing, a little bit bad, something, greater good comes out of it. Cos the kids need to see role models within the community and that's one thing the boys don't have connection with, we don't have connection with role models.

(Girls chat and laugh) You know, in today's world, sportspeople are living a life that any young person wants to live, you know. Cars, girls, you know. And the money, obviously, you know. Ahmed! Wave! Go on, wave. Oh, how many posters have you got?

Oh, come on, Ahmed. Come on, man, fair go. Where's your million-dollar smile? Over here. Thanks. We'll catch up. That was good. Thanks, mate. No worries. The calm that's been restored has surprised everyone by turning into a lasting peace. Today's flagship sporting event is the inaugural Unity Cup, a one-day Aussie Rules tournament for young Melbourne Muslims.

Come on, guys, let's go and get changed, upstairs. The boys have helped AJ put together a local team. They've been training for weeks and AJ's pleased that so many of the young men have turned up to play. You know, there's Ethiopian, Eritreans, Somali, Vietnamese, Afghan, you know, the whole lot. And they're all playing in one team so the runs are already on the board for what we're trying to achieve. How we go on the footy field? I don't think it matters. It's good to see them all together. Interaction is what we're chasing. Lack of playing experience hasn't stopped Ahmed Dini from being coach for the day. I know who's on the bench. The ones like that, they're on the bench. Rotate them. It's a good initiative, although we have different people here, I think it's just the way of trying to bring the Muslims and Victorian Police with football together. And, obviously, what's better than that, you know? These people are Australians and they just want to fit in and it's a good day so far.

Just the drop off in antisocial behaviour that we had in Flemington is an indicator that we're doing the right thing. Maybe it's a coincidence, but I think we're doing the right thing. as much as there was with the youth. To AJ's delight, some of his station colleagues have also joined the team. Don't get cold, you old bludger. Do you want a blankie and a thermos? When I was on the van, you had really good friendships and strength with your peers, and because I'm taken away from the van, I've lost that a bit. You're trying to sell what you're doing to not just the community, but to your peers and to the greater Victoria Police. And it's hard when you're constantly not only trying to come up with initiatives,

but always looking over your shoulder, saying "We've gotta try and let people know what we're doing is good." It shouldn't be my job to go round and sell it, it should sell itself. I'm actually cheating, I've got 21 players on the field. I'm only allowed 18. Come on. How good am I? Tackle him! I expected to be sitting down, eating a sausage but I'm here yelling. Natty! Natty! Hey, Natty! Natty, come off. # In the town of Flemington we unite # But there's a change tonight

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