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Vic African community to hold more talks

Melbourne's African community will hold further talks in a bid to tackle youth crime and ease racial tensions following weeks of political furore.

It follows community leaders' initial discussions with police on Friday, two days after the announcement of an African-Australian task force.

Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Crisp called for calm ahead of the meeting and for commentary to be more tempered.

"There is not a crisis in this state in relation to crime or the behaviour we're seeing of a relatively small number of people of African background," told ABC News on Friday.

"We've seen, sure, a spike in antisocial behaviour over summer, over the last few weeks, but this is not a crisis."

The state government hit out at what it said were "false claims" by the federal coalition and state opposition that Victoria's judiciary was soft on crime.

"They said there was no consequence for a young person who breaches a condition of their bail," Victoria's Attorney-General Martin Pakula told reporters.

"We saw just last week that that was completely untrue - there was a young person who was bailed, he breached his bail by having a mobile phone with him against bail conditions and he was remanded."

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton earlier blamed "civil libertarian" judges, while the state's shadow attorney-general John Pesutto labelled the justice system a "basket case".

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show NSW had 20,051 youth offenders in 2015-16, Queensland 12,931 and Victoria 8726.

Saturday's meeting will gauge the African-Australian community's "temperature" over the issue and canvas suggestions going forward, one leader told AAP.

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