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Fact Check: Are Muslims in NSW and Victoria three times more likely than other groups to be convicted of crimes?

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Independent politicians Muslims Crime Victoria
Description
In his headline-grabbing first speech, Katter's Australian Party senator Fraser Anning made a number of claims relating to Muslim immigrants. Among them was a claim that Muslims in Australia were overrepresented in crime rates, "vastly exceeding other immigrant groups". He said: "Muslims in NSW and Victoria are three times more likely than other groups to be convicted of crimes." Is this correct? RMIT ABC Fact Check found Senator Anning's claim is baseless. A slew of government departments and data collectors from both NSW and Victoria confirmed that they did not collect data categorising convicted criminals according to religious affiliation. Indeed, experts said there was a dearth of data relating to the subject, which makes Senator Anning's claim unsustainable.
Verdict: Baseless
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