Ms Betterhome

It couldn’t happen here…
August 12, 2011, 4:57 am
Filed under: politics

Great article by Adam Brereton in New Matilda:

There has been a proliferation of amateur sociologists trying to diagnose the causes of the London riots — and the common note running through this commentary is a fear that “it might happen here”. But it already has happened here: the 2005 Macquarie Fields and 2004 Redfern riots could be considered as blueprints for what occurred in London, right down to the subsequent political posturing on law and order.

The similarities between the two Australian cases and the current unrest in London are striking. Both Redfern and Macquarie Fields had rates of crime far above the average, with just over 8 per cent of residents in their respective postcodes having been convicted in a NSW court between 1999 and 2004. High unemployment was endemic — at the time of the riots Macquarie Fields had an unemployment rate double that of greater Sydney…


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