As Australians we typically think of ourselves as relaxed and welcoming people. So it has been sad to see so many police deployed in Bendigo and Parramatta during the past week or so. It’s not often that we need police out in force to keep the peace.
Thankfully, anti-Muslim protests have not led to any major or serious violence. Police managed to prevent the clashes with anti-racism protestors that have occurred in the past.