UPDATE: VICTORIA’S premier has proclaimed Saturday night’s Moomba street fighting exhibition a huge success.
Premier Daniel Andrews, whose Government legalised the sport after successful pilot events in Bendigo and Melton last year, said the Moomba clash between two rival Sudanese and Islander gangs was a “truly multicultural Melbourne moment”.
“It is fantastic that people from different backgrounds and cultures are trying to assimilate into our communities by partaking in the same sports we enjoy,” he said.
“I can see a future UFC champion arising from this. What a great boost to our economy that will be.”
The State Government passed the Street Fighting Bill (2015) – which allows ideologically opposed people to beat each other and the occasional horse into submission – through Parliament at the end of last year.
The Bill states police control at rallies involving hard right and left groups were costing taxpayers upwards of $500,000 per event.
“The states making street fighting legal will save millions of dollars,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said last year.
“It is the most cost-effective way of handling our country’s idiots.”Follow The Caught Report: