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Is a royal commission the best way to tackle veterans’ suicides?

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The announcement by the Morrison Government to appoint a royal commission into the suicides of Australian war veterans will come as a relief to those families whose members have suffered so terribly.  

Whether it an answer to solve this tragic and difficult problem is another issue. 

According to the Prime Minister, this new royal commission will “look at past deaths by suicide from a systemic point of view” and “shed light on the critical steps we need to take” to reduce suicide. 

Bodies like royal commissions can be effective, but sometimes they are not always appropriate especially for such complex, emotional and deeply painful personal issues.  

Too often governments use royal commissions which take time…



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