Australian of the Year 2016 David Morrison turned serious during ABC’s Q&A program on Monday night when he was asked about Australia’s claims of having domestic violence issues on decline.
Morrison has warned that the nation’s complacency in matters of domestic violence might turn Australia into a “nation of bystanders.” When he was asked about the statistics that indicated the decline in the number of complaints against domestic violence, Morrison said that the issue is one of the greatest social challenges that Australians face and hence it must be taken seriously.
“Get real Australia. We run the risk at times of being a nation of bystanders comforted by a set of statistics,” Morrison said while rejecting statistical claims relating to the fall of domestic violence cases. “Let me tell you, there are people dying, and people whose lives are absolutely ruined as a result of domestic violence. And what’s more, we are all as a society, the victim. That’s bullshit.”
The Guardian named other guests on the show who were Guardian Australia’s Indigenous affairs editor Stan Grant, St. Vincent’s hospital’s director of emergency Gordian Fulde, young Australian of the Year finalist Manal Younus and Sydney Story Factory director Catherine Keenan. According also to The Guardian, the issues that were discussed on ABC‘s program besides domestic violence were race, diversity and the way in which Australia could neutrally cope with the history of its Indigenous population and colonial past.
Morrison also focused on the confinement of funds for several frontline support services. “They are all stretched,” he said. “There is now a demand out there. Women, children, men too are putting their hands up and saying: I can no longer live this way.”
The new Australian of the Year added that each and every citizen in Australia is used to stretching with the changes, but if the people don’t question the inappropriate trend, this is what they will pass on to the next generation.