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July 14th, 2018 by admin

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NOT POLITICAL FOOTBALLSToo often we see people’s lives and safety used as political footballs.
Nanjing Night Net

And so it is with the claim in Friday’s Illawarra Mercury that job losses in the steel industry had been linked with a rise in domestic violence rates.

On the face of it, particularly with the headline “Cuts linked to DV rise”, this claim seems both shocking and confronting, demanding immediate action.

But once you look a bit closer this seems to be another case of the old adage that there are lies, damned lies and statistics.

Both the Illawarra Legal Centre, which put together the report, and the steel industry are fighting for more government support, and it seems they are prepared to use rubbery figures to push their cases.

Linking job losses in the steel industry to increases in domestic violence does a few things.

Firstly, it categorises steel industry workers as being unable to control their anger, their emotions, or their behaviour in volatile situations.

And it begs the question of whether steel industry workers who lose their jobs are supposedly more prone to violence than people in other industries facing uncertain futures.

Secondly it legitimises domestic violence, giving anyone facing a job loss or an uncertain future an excuse to respond with violence or abuse in a domestic situation.

Studies have shown that legitimising abuse in this way helps perpetuate the problem, working against the “No Excuse for Abuse” campaign.

The causes of domestic violence are many and complex, but international studies have shown that the biggest risk factors are alcohol abuse, drug use and relationship breakdown.

But talking about these things does not meet the political aim of attracting more government support for the Illawarra Legal Centre and the Illawarra’s steel industry.

We again seem to see a situation in which fighting a political battle takes precedence over actually helping someone. Why else would the Illawarra Legal Centre have released full details of its figures only to a media outlet instead of decision makers who can bring about change?

When one of my staff members tried to get hold of the figures he was sent only links to reports, most of them coming from overseas, talking about rates of domestic violence rising following natural disasters.

While we all want to see a strong and vibrant steel industry that underpins so much of the Illawarra economy, and governments of all levels are working with a wide range of community organisations and police to stamp out domestic and family violence, linking the two issues together in a questionable attempt to score political ends is not the way to go.For anyone who claims to be a community leader to link the two issues is irresponsible.

Ann Sudmalis,Federal Member for Gilmore

THE DUMBEST PRIME MINISTER EVERI suppose every one including myself is just a bit weary of the new leader in the incoming government blaming the previous government of all that is now wrong.

Now we have a new Prime Minister blaming the last Labor government on all that flooding in South Australia, don’t think anyone as heard that one before.

Now we have Malcolm Turnbull blamingthe Labour Party on theirpolicy on renewable energy and climate change?

Well in my books he gets top marks for being the dumbest PM we have ever had.

When we vote for a governmentwe expect a sensible person to take charge, not a person who is not up with the programor not in there right mind set.

Just where on earth will this P.M take us in the future?

The mind just boggles at the thought.

Lawrence Wren, Fairy Meadow

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