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Here’s why we needed yet another royal commission | Town & Country Magazine



Yet another revelation of systemic failure. Yet another royal commission.

Suiciding military veterans join Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders dying in jails, those in aged care, the disabled, those exploited by the financial system, and those sexually abused, in an extraordinarily long list which demonstrates that ordinary democratic government has failed its citizens. The total number of neglected victims is staggering. More soldiers die by suicide than are killed in action.

A royal commission removes an issue from ordinary politics (or at least it signifies that intent for public consumption). The Prime Minister does not just announce the course of action himself, but recommends it to the Governor-General. This signals that…

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