The mental health crisis behind the death toll

The mental health crisis behind the death toll

In April this year, as the country was starting to witness a sharp rise in the murders of women at the hands of men as compared to previous years, Chief Justice of the Family Court Will Alstergrenis hosted the National Family Violence Symposium in Melbourne.  Family...
Better than nothing?

Better than nothing?

Announcing a one-off $5000 escaping violence payment in response to an overwhelming roar of fear, frustration and rage at the epidemic of gendered violence in Australia could become a defining moment of the Albanese government. The backlash was immediate. Yes,...
Disarming outcomes

Disarming outcomes

It feels counter intuitive to say it, but the Australian politician to have done the most to curb the lethality of men’s violence against women was probably John Howard.  As criminologist Michael Salter writes today, the gun control legislation boldly implemented...
The threat within

The threat within

The problem plaguing Australia was on full display this week in all its anxiety-inducing wretchedness. It wasn’t an internal or external terrorist threat. Nor was it the geopolitical ambitions of a foreign foe, perceived or real. Much of the mainstream media would...
Sticking points

Sticking points

Cohesion, if you wondered, is defined by the good people at Oxford as “the action or fact of forming a united whole”. Which is good to know, because with the notion of social cohesion doing brisk business in the public sphere, we should get our definitions straight....