An African migrant, panicking when her car mounted the kerb, hit the accelerator instead of the brake. The car ploughed into an outdoor dining area, killing a man, himself a migrant from Korea.
A Herald Sun journalist at the scene reported as follows:
A big crowd had gathered behind the blue and white police tapes. There were tall men in colourful patterned shirts and tall women in vivid turbans and long dresses.
It could have been in downtown Mogadishu or Addis Ababa. There wasn't a word of English being spoken in the hubbub.
But this was Footscray, not Somalia or Ethiopa ...
Once this street was almost entirely a Vietnamese strip.
Now it's in transition again, and yesterday, in the wake of the tragic accident outside Cafe D'Afrique, racial tensions ran high.
So Footscray is changing yet again. It was once an Anglo working class suburb, then a mixed European one, then Vietnamese and now increasingly African. All in the space of about 35 years.
Which raises the issue of local attachments.
The attachments people have radiate outward. First, you might identify with your local town or suburb, then perhaps your city or region, then your state, then your nation.
But to invest yourself emotionally in a place requires some degree of confidence in its continuity. If we think that we will all too easily lose something we love and identify with, then we tend to withdraw emotionally from it.
So how is anyone supposed to form that key, original, local attachment to Footscray? If you held a reasonable belief that the cultural character of Footscray would change dramatically many times over within just a few decades, then how could you lay down roots there in the sense of identifying with its character and culture?
And if we can't develop a deeper attachment to the place we live in, then won't this also disrupt our larger attachments, such as to our nation?
Yet Footscray is our future unless the current policy of diversity and mass immigration is reconsidered.
Whilst on this theme it was interesting to read the comments of Emeritus Professor Jerzy Zubrzycki in yesterday's Age. The professor was one of the architects of multicultural policy in Australia. He now admits that his immigration policy is necessarily a very expensive one.
He said of black African migrants to rural Australia that:
You cannot dump people in a rural community unless you make a special provision for resettlement services on the widest possible scale.
Immigration includes, very prominently, the lengthy process of resettlement - an always expensive process.