Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Family homicides 'need monitoring'

The New South Wales Government says a national approach is the best way of tackling domestic violence.

The state's ombudsman has renewed his call for a special task force to investigate all domestic violence-related homicides in the wake of two family tragedies this week.

In the first case, the bodies of a 44-year-old man and his three children were found inside a car in the driveway of their property on the NSW far south coast.

It is believed the man had flooded the car with carbon monoxide, killing himself and his children.

Police are also investigating the murders of two children and their grandmother in the NSW central west.

A 69-year-old man has been charged after a senior constable found the bodies on Monday afternoon.

Attorney-General John Hatzistergos says the state is working with the Commonwealth on a national plan to reduce violence against women and children.

He says part of that plan involves the establishment of a national homicide monitoring program to investigate the causes and circumstances of domestic violence deaths.

"I think it's important to coordinate our efforts," he said.

"Domestic violence doesn't have any boundaries and there are a myriad of different social circumstances, which can be the precursors to domestic violence occurring."

Quote: The police use violence. The prisons use violence. The armed forces use violence. The corporate media portray violence. Violent sports are encouraged. Men, women and children all use violence. Read the links. Because the government teaches violence. How can John Hatzistergos grandstand and say he's going to do something? Violence does not win. So why do they teach it? Why do the authorites use it to get things done? Why does Hatzistergos merely rely on men as his ultimate weapon here? Is he a Jew? Because that's what Jews do. We are all human beings who are capable of using violence especially if society teaches people this. Tell us John are you a jew? Or just plain stupid? Violence is a lethal Meme and domestic violence kills. What do you think they were doing in Iraq and now in Afghanistan? Building bridges?


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