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I will now try and put this attack in perspective|
Sydney has a population of 4.6 million as of June 2010
At about the same time, there are 165,000 Chinese enrolled as students in Australian educational courses
And in 2006, 7.9% of Sydney's population was reported as Chinese in the 2006 census from what I read. At the same time the population of Sydney was 4,119,190
Since that time, the proportion of Chinese rose dramatically, but we will have to wait for the results of the 2011 census for exact figures.
If we now look at the NSW crime statistics, we see that the long term trend of violent crime is actually decreasing. We can also see that the incidence is about 90 crimes per 100,000
source NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
now look at the 2006 figures of chinese population in sydney
we see that there are nearly 300 000 chinese in Sydney. Statistically, if there is a 90/100000 incidence of violent crime (approximately), then we should expect about 260 violent crimes against chinese in Sydney every year, on average.
There are a lot of people in Sydney. An attack on a train is a rare event and if we look at the facts, then firstly:
four other people were robbed (possibly also assaulted, we don't know) in this attack and not one of them is saying it was due to their race. Why?
additionally, this attack is generating a lot of media hysteria, when the facts are that about 260 attacks on Chinese should occur every year, on average, if Chinese are average.
My guess is this:
Statistically, the likelihood of an attack on Chinese is LOWER than average and that is why this attack generated so much publicity.