Premier says minister’s claim Victorians ‘too scared’ to go out ‘designed to be as controversial as possible’, and criticises Turnbull for rubbishing police

Daniel Andrews has criticised the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, for rubbishing Victoria over the so-called African gang crisis. The Victorian premier also invited the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, to have dinner at a restaurant in Melbourne, after Dutton claimed Victorians were scared to go out.

Andrews, who was criticised by the Victorian opposition leader, Matthew Guy, for remaining on leave while reports of a gang “crisis” were dominating the media cycle, returned to work on Thursday.

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