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African employment key to crime stats

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Adam Bandt MP Deputy Leader, Australian Greens Federal Member for Melbourne

African employment key to crime stats

Greens Deputy Leader and employment spokesperson Adam Bandt says rates of crime amongst African-Australians are a result of discrimination and racism and the resulting lack of employment opportunities.

Mr Bandt says there needs to be real investment in employment programs for the African community and that he is working with the African-Australian community through the recently established Melbourne Employment Forum, headed up by Abeselsom Nega.

The Victoria Police have warned about higher rates of offending amongst African-Australian community in Victoria.

“I think racism and discrimination are driving these figures,” Mr Bandt said.

“You have disadvantage because the employment door is so often closed and this leads to social exclusion.”

“African-Australian leaders in my community are crying out for more support to address these issues.”

“They are self-starters and are doing what they can, but they need more support from the government.”

“This is a problem for the whole community and the Federal government needs to step-up. We need to see funding for specific employment programs to support community and business and we need more employment of African-Australians in the public service. ”

Mr Bandt is moving for an inquiry into public service employment targets for migrant Australians.

Information: Damien Lawson 0487 900 005

Damien Lawson

Strategy and Communications Adviser Office of Adam Bandt MP Federal member for Melbourne T: 03 9642 0922 M: 0487 900 005 F: 03 942 0599