20 Jun 2003

Australian state to tackle violence among Pacific Islanders

4:31 pm on 20 June 2003

In Australia, the Premier of New South Wales, Bob Carr, has launched a campaign to tackle violent and anti-social behaviour among Pacific Islanders living in the state.

Mr Carr says for reasons unknown, people of Pacific Island origin account for a disproportionately high amount of crime.

He says while it is unclear why this is the case, social dislocation is too easy an answer.

But Mr Carr says the campaign focusing on community education and counselling will cost three quarters of a million US dollar and go a long way to reducing the problem.

He told the news agency AAP that patterns of behaviour are emerging that need to be corrected, and it's too facile to say it's a reflection of social disadvantage.