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LIARS EXPOSED: We owe Nitin Garg the truth

tedbaillieuyellow The murder of Indian student Nitin Garg while he worked to work one night formed a dark stain on our reputation.

Not just the brutal nature of the crime but the way it was spun by those with a short-term cynical political agenda.

Indian politicians desperate to appeal to nationalist sentiment there, one local Indian self-appointed spokesman Gautum Gupta and Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu were all desperate to assert that racism was the motivator for the horrible crime. We have exposed the nature of the scam Gupta runs previously.

Accusing Victoria of being a cess-pit of race-hate motivated crime was a very serious accusation to make. Murder is murder but the prospect of race-hate motivated murder was especially chilling, particularly in this land where we rightly celebrate and cherish both our diversity and tolerance.

And just as we – and many Liberals – thought at the time, these Indian beat-up merchants and their local patsy Ted Baillieu, falsely denigrated all of us.

Victoria Police have charged an unimaginably young man – fifteen years old – with the murder.

The Victoria Police spokesman said yesterday their investigations have led them to conclude the crime was not racially motivated.

Nitin Garg’s friend and housemate yesterday said what Ted Baillieu should have the decency to say at the time:

Mr Sandeep said Melbourne was safe for Indian students and it was impossible for politicians to know of their experiences in the city. ”That can happen anywhere in the world. It’s not like it was a racial attack. We are safe here in Melbourne.”

Too right it is. It is much safer for Indian students to be here than it is for them to stay in India. That sounds boastful and over-the-top but it doesn’t change its essential truth.

Ted Baillieu’s reaction to the murder of Nitin Garg at the time:

The issue is violence. The issue is racist behaviour…

I am not going to allow our state to become a community divided where people live afraid to leave their house at night, wherein Indian, Chinese or African man or woman is afraid to ride on public transport lest they be assaulted and I am not going to allow this state to become one where only the strong survive and for criminals, thugs and those engaging in racist behaviour, we have a very simple message for you – under a Baillieu government, it is over.

We applaud Ted Baillieu’s attempt to be tough on crime. Indeed on these pages, we have implored him to be so.

But it is not tough on crime to find excuses for it that would give an ultra-leftist social worker validation. And it is not tough on crime to denigrate Victorian society as a “community divided” by racial fear when that just isn’t true.

Could you imagine former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett ever saying such things about Victoria?

Baillieu has been a horrible disappointment who has thrown much more energy and malice at the “cancerous cell” of opposition within his own party than he ever did at the Brumby Labor government.

Victoria’s good name was assailed overseas as never before after the murder of Nitin Garg. We should long remember him.

And we should never forget those who tried to exploit his death for their own benefit. They are the lowest of the low.


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  1. stop protecting the spineless Labor spin doctos and just admit it – Ted Baillieu, the man you accused of not standing for anythign- was bloody right.

    Posted by fran | June 18, 2010, 10:32
  2. Sorry, Fran, wasn’t he just proved thoroughly wrong?

    Posted by Andrew Landeryou - editor VEXNEWS | June 18, 2010, 11:07
  3. lol. ridiculous and somewhat odious excuse for a swipe at red ted.

    Posted by Blackmambo | June 18, 2010, 11:10
  4. I want an absolute, unequivocal apology from Gautum Gupta and an iron-clad promise that he forthwith keep his gob shut. He has defamed this state and our society to the world and an unquestionuing media, here and overseas, went along with his gob-shite. It was an appalling example of rampant self-interest meeting bone-lazy journalism!

    Posted by Wayne | June 18, 2010, 11:11
  5. The arrest in one murder case completely disproves a wider problem.

    Yawn Andy

    Posted by Steve Sensible | June 18, 2010, 11:23
  6. It’s a pity that VexNews would try to spin this murder for political purposes.

    Posted by sg | June 18, 2010, 11:43
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  8. Being liberal does not give you the right to look away from the truth.
    If this killing isn’t racially related I don’t know what is.
    You expect the police to come out and admit that it was a race hate crime?? And damage the governments stand and the multi billion dollar education and tourism industries??
    May be the two kids who are being charged with the crime were misguided but kids that age just don’t go around knifing strangers in the night for fun.

    Posted by Godfrey | June 18, 2010, 16:07
  9. I lived in Melbourne and I am not an Indian, but a non-white person. I was victim of intense racism that is rampent in Australia and specially in Melbourne.

    Don’t spread lies that Australia is a great nation. Its a nation full of racists.

    Posted by Indian who worked in Australia | June 18, 2010, 17:27
  10. Australia is a nation full of racists.

    Posted by melbourne resident | June 18, 2010, 17:28
  11. This is what an Australian posted in one of their sites:

    After reading this I too agree with Australian police that there is no racism in Australia.

    What a coverup….


    Jun 17, 2010 at 09:36:pmStay away from my country you currymunchers



    Posted by melbourne resident | June 18, 2010, 17:43
  12. I had hoped that I would never again have to read a paper where that nong Gupta was quoted in his made up spokesperson position of the day, have been vomiting ever since I saw the name in a AAP release yesterday. Talk about the tosserati!

    Posted by screamin mee mees | June 18, 2010, 19:49
  13. Have I missed something with this story? Where is the evidence that the murder was not racially motivated?

    Posted by Medici | June 18, 2010, 20:49
  14. Umm.. yes Medici, you missed. Helps if you can read I guess.

    Posted by blind freddy | June 18, 2010, 21:17
  15. I love the taste of a hot indian in my mouth.

    Posted by Pisstopher | June 18, 2010, 21:43
  16. Why is every body so unkind to me?

    Posted by Lord Les Butler | June 18, 2010, 22:36
  17. Its not easy being the highest paid man in the room!

    Posted by Pauline Fegan | June 18, 2010, 22:54
  18. I wonder what race the 15yo is? They should tell us, even if they can’t ID him.

    If race isn’t an issue then only if he is Indian himself can this be 100% ironclad. Of course, if Caucasian/African/Islander is the case then maybe racism is a factor.

    The face that no race was mentioned either means the kid is white and (Godfrey) they are protecting business interests or the kid is non-white and part of an ethnic crime problem.

    Posted by Bonebrain | June 18, 2010, 23:08
  19. Oh deary deay me I’m a lard arsed smelly Indian.

    Posted by Gautum Gupta | June 18, 2010, 23:13
  20. Racism is prevalent, no doubt. The latest spate of attacks is no over blow or over-exaggeration. There is crime in Victoria, and it is even more concentrated against races.

    Victoria’s reputation has denegrated, Andrew, since the Kennett days, because the powers of the police have been curtailed, they’re not alowed to speak out, they have become political allies and crime has escalated.

    And don’t say the same crap that “we are a tolerant society”. Multiculturalism is certainly NOT ABOUT tolerance, about acceptance. After all, we’re all migrants here in Australia.

    Posted by No more ignoring the truth | June 19, 2010, 0:21
  21. You raise some interesting points and today’s lesson is: Don’t jump to bash Australia too soon.

    Posted by Ben | June 19, 2010, 10:54
  22. “Police…conclude the crime was not racially motivated”

    Therefore there is no race-based crime here?

    Posted by Epstein's Mother | June 19, 2010, 23:40
  23. Labor was the leader of the new style of opposition “attack everything”
    Remember some of the claims made against the Kennett Govt by Labor in the 90′s.
    All as bad as each other.

    Posted by politicalrealist | June 20, 2010, 7:32
  24. Mr Baillieu responded last night : “After 11 years, John Brumby has managed to cripple the transport system, preside over record violent crime, massive hospital waiting lists, people dying because they can’t get ambulance services in time, a corrupted planning process that is destroying our communities and a government of thugs which lies and bullies those who stand up to them.
    “He should be standing in front of Victorians and apologising for his incompetence and failures, which have made life so much harder for everyone.”

    Posted by Go Ted!!! | June 21, 2010, 5:33
  25. a white gang has been operating in seddon yarraville for two years now attacking indian student houses. All parties have been alerted to this. The entire victorian parliament spent the last two years playing politics with safety. The community should not have to wait for elections to get police numbers to correct levels. There are ofcourse many ethnic gangs in the area most notable the multi ethnic one that killed a Chinese professor.

    But my concern in nitins gargs case is that hate gangs start small… Attacking student houses…robbing lone students… Bashing people near stations etc….more proactive policing is needed to stop these youths before they graduate to murder. If Victorian politicians spent as much tilme attacking criminal behavior as they spent attacking each other then perhaps nitin garg would be alive today.

    Posted by Sick of them all | June 21, 2010, 8:15
  26. Gee GT @ 5.33. That’s relevant isnt it.

    Posted by Go Ted and Soon!!!! | June 21, 2010, 15:13
  27. Can we have a state conference update please? Who is party president – don’t tell me it’s that SDA freak Blandthorn …

    Posted by Hello? | June 21, 2010, 15:14
  28. “After all, we’re all migrants here in Australia.

    Posted by No more ignoring the truth ”

    Damn parents lied to me then. They said I was born in Colac!

    I think you need to go look up the meaning of the words you use mate. That way you might sound a little less stupid when you soapbox.

    Posted by mick | June 21, 2010, 18:25


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