I am a step away from filling out my skilled ind. application but then the Sydney thing pops up and I am a concerned since I look middle eastern. I am not trying to judge "Australia" as a country but was just curious what the average Australian perceives about hate crimes. Here in the US, they are thoroughly shunned and punished. For example, those convicted (both sides of the gangs) in the Sydney riots would face Federal prison (aka. different ball game ). No pun intended. Of course, despite the stiff legal implications of hate crimes in the US, they still do occur. Thus, I am not saying that Australia should be free of hate crimes. I am just curious what the average Australian's perception of it. Thanks.