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​Speaking at a conversation hosted at Federation Square yesterday, by Archbishop Philip Freier on the topic ‘Why do children turn to crime?’, Mr Paul McDonald, CEO of Anglicare Victoria, said the alcohol industry gets a “free ride” for its malign influence on youth crime.

"We are hard on young people, but I don't see too much assertiveness towards the grog industry," Paul McDonald said in a forum about the causes of youth crime.

"There's too much community apology for the alcohol industry. They say 'we are not interested in getting under-age drinkers', but they are after 18 to 24-year-olds, and that's where most of the accidents and crimes happen."

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