Channel 9 Melbourne and Channel 9 Sydney both had newsreaders with the name Brian, so I think the same advertising slogan was used in both states, that is Brian Told Me, meaning that you know about current news because the newsreaders Brian had told you.
A couple of Saturday nights ago on commercial tv news, the now metaphorical Brian in Melbourne told us there was going to be a clash that night between a gang from Southern Sudan and the Horn of Africa against a gang of youth from the Pacific Islands. This was to happen at the family friendly festival event called Moomba. Our ABC breakfast radio presenter told a joke about Moomba. A foreign tourist couple were in Sydney for the gay and lesbian Mardi Gras. They thought they would come to Melbourne to see Moomba after such a good time at Mardi Gras. Moomba is a family focused event and very different to Mardi Gras.
Yes, so to use the English expression, Brian told us something was going to 'kick off' at Moomba that evening, and sure enough, once the fireworks finished, the youth rioted. Terrified family groups in Federation Square. Diners at Brunetti where we have brunched many times were taken inside and locked in as the rampaging youth threw chairs, drinks, glasses and cups. I am pretty pleased I was not in town that night.
Apparently our police did not hear what Brian told them and were severely under resourced and surprised by the melee, that ended up being more about youth attacking police than each other.
The electric Herald Sun on Sunday morning was quickly off the mark with a news report, as was our ABC Radio. The Age was left wanting with not publishing anything until 7.24. Not one person in the newsroom to write about something that happened and was ready to publish when the event happened nine hours earlier? While at least our ABC did report the event, it failed to mention the bleeding obvious, that they were mostly black African youth.
The rioters, who for mine were out to embarrass police, set the cops up beautifully to show how powerless VicPol are against principally black African born youth. The government and ABC media tried to tell us that they weren't all black African youth, but what do you see in this photo from the Herald Sun, picked up from Twitter I think. There is a serious problem with black African youth in Melbourne and not mentioning race is not helpful at all.