The Mayor of Melbourne has given up! See this article here, by Farrah Tomazin, of the Melbourne Age, where he is quoted thus:
[Mr Doyle] questioned whether there was anything more authorities could do to fix what was ultimately a cultural problem.
”We can’t arrest our way out of this,” he said.
”It is cultural, and therefore it’s going to take a lot of time to try to fix this.”
Lord Mayor, Pedestrian 08 is all about effecting cultural change!
Melbourne’s Herald Sun reckons the increase in street violence amounts to:
AT least three extra assaults a week happened in Melbourne’s CBD last year compared with 2009.
Queensland’s Courier Mail (24 Feb) by Xavier La Canna, describes Melbourne’s dilemma thus:
Police can’t stem Melbourne violence
THE number of assaults in Melbourne has risen for the seventh straight year despite a police crackdown on violence in the city.
So after all the funny camera cars, press conferences, photo opportunities, blah blah, 3 more fellow citizens are being assaulted every week.
The Mayor’s efforts will not stop the once per month, alcohol related, one punch homicides.
The Mayor’s ongoing failure to give loud and active support any of the known EFFECTIVE counter measures listed elsewhere on this site is disappointing.
Almost all Melbournians are paying the price for our political leaders constantly running spin over substance with some 85% of Victorians scared of the city after hours.
Others have paid a heavier price via deaths, injuries, illnesses and traumas associated with Big Liquor’s Binge Drinking violence.