I don't think anyone is saying they're ALL angels. As for the graffiti and hoon driving, I think you'll find that older 'kids' or young adults are behind a lot of these. When I mentioned kids, I was thinking more of younger kids, as opposed to 16+. The kids I spoke about in the UK, who roam the streets in gangs, are aged anywhere from 8 upwards, I would say. Nasty little so and so's. I've heard people on this board saying the same thing.
The point I was trying to make is that, based on my experience, kids in Oz have a more pleasant disposition about them. The UK is all about attitude and toughness. If you walk down Jetty rd and a kid bumps into you, they are more likely to apologise to you here, than if the same thing happened in the UK. In the 5 months I have been here, I have yet to encounter a single negative episode involving a kid, whereas in a month in the UK, there must have been at least 10 occasions over a month where I felt like reaching out and throttling someone. I remember one particular incident in Edinburgh where a group of 5 or 6 school boys, probably aged 13 or 14 were hanging around the pavement and as I walked past, one of them spat on the floor in front of me. The spit missed my foot by inches and I stopped and glared at the guy. Now, I'm not a weedy little bloke. I am 6ft and well over 100kgs, but he simply stared right back at me and then winked - the cocky sod. He was looking for an altercation and I was well up for taking his head of his shoulders, but you can't, can you?
It's this type of thing that I am referring to. I'm sure it exists here, but I saw it on a daily basis in the UK.