Cole Miller tributes today: Are we doing enough to protect young men?

Today friends and family of deceased water-polo player Cole Miller will draw attention to the dangers of coward punches. Landmarks
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Today friends and family of deceased water-polo player Cole Miller will draw attention to the dangers of coward punches. Landmarks around Australia will be lit green, to celebrate the 18-year-old’s life and sporting achievements.

Cole Miller passed away earlier this month, following a shocking one-punch attack in Brisbane. Now his family are hoping to send a message of “love and respect”.

“We believe all mothers and fathers shouldn’t have to worry about violence to their teenage children who are going out and enjoying a good time with mates”, a statement released by the family said.

The Remember Cole Miller rally is expected to draw over 3,500 people in Brisbane to remember the young man, and draw attention to the scourge of coward punches.

Independent senator Glenn Lazarus is expected to attend the rally, where everyone has been asked to wear green, which was Cole’s team colour.

“Cole was a wonderful young man and a friend of my son”, Senator Lazarus told newspapers.

“The coward punch is one of the most gutless, senseless and cowardly things a person can inflict on another human being… We need to stop the senseless violence.”

The heart-breaking circumstances have prompted some Australians to ask whether we are doing enough to protect our young men.

Some have argued that lock-out laws need to be changed, with last drinks being called by 2am in pubs and nightclubs.

Other¬†Facebook users have¬†said, “the government needs to have a education plan for school leavers about this… Too many lives lost to something so wrong”.

Whilst another added, “why has the government got to do anything? I am sorry, but to me, all this starts at home. From birth. Respect for fellow man… I was taught to respect everything when I and my brothers were growing up”.

Are you worried about your loved ones going to pubs and clubs? Are governments doing enough to create safe nightspots, or does the education about coward punches need to start at home?

  1. I would be worried if I had a young person going out, these attacks are unprovoked. These men just want to hurt someone for no reason. I am so glad I have no one in my family in this age group. I feel for parents and grandparents who do

  2. These type of punches were in the past regarded as “un-Australian”, I loathe fighting but it mostly seemed fairer in past decades. I know I will get shouted down but I am talking about pre-multicultural Australia. The Qld. Legislation is a good start regarding sentencing as long as the do-gooder magistrates impose the recommended sentences. Also I would be happy to see the 6.00p.m. closure reintroduced.

    • Exactly Linda that’s the main problem everything is open too late. When we were young everyone was in bed by midnight now they are just going out. The downfall of society.

    • You will never see 6pm closing times, I don’t even remember that in my lifetime, was 10pm when is was growing up.

    • As much as this is a serious issue, it isn’t fair that the minority ruin it for rhe majority. Fix the problem not the symptoms.

  3. To me it all starts in the home. Fathers need to set a good example for their sons by teaching them responsible drinking behaviour. We know someone that has a ‘good time’ by having friends over and getting drunk. Surprise, surprise his 15 year old was staying the night with a friend and was raiding his father’s liquor supply to take with him. Dad stopped him and proceeded to lecture him. Dad didn’t get it and still doesn’t get it. Very sad RIP Cole.

    • That’s it Debbie, my comment is saying much the same thing, there is a huge problem with over consumption of alcohol in this country, and most people think it’s ok it’s been this way for many years, I grew up with it, I know what I am talking about.

  4. Yes I am worried about my grandkids going out. No it isn’t the schools job to educate. Yes it’s the parents job to instill respect, love, kindness and the consequences for actions.

  5. Things have change since my day, or when we were young, punchups happened all the time but it was not these coward punches or groups of young men ganging up. We slogged it out one on one and we never called the police, we just bruised and battered limped home. Today you would be to worried to let your kids out of the house until they were 50 years old

    • I’m so glad my kids are grown up, now I can worry about the grand kids.

    • How many men have set a bad example to their sons though? That’s the problem parents are the role models for their kids, and some fail dismally

    • About 15 years ago my son, who was 15 at the time, was punched in the jaw at a local skate area, resulting in a fractured jaw and surgery being required. He was able to identify the people who attacked him, and the police were not even remotely interested, Wanted to know what he did to ‘deserve’ it. For the record, he is now 30 and has never been in any kind of trouble anywhere. On the other hand, the other boys were known local problems, but as I said, police were not interested, so they got away with assaulting someone. I see it as a bit like the domestic violence issue, where police have been told of problems but all to often refuse to act.

    • I disagree with your comment regarding police, you may have had a bad experience, that does not mean that they don’t care, they are over worked in a thankless job.

  6. I agree it must start in the home, however I have just been watching the news of a 22 year old MOTHER of 2 who was coward punched this weekend. These BA#*#*DS must be punished SEVERELY to put a stop to this senseless act of VIOLENCE before more young MEN AND WOMEN lose their lives. I worry every time I hear my Grandkids are going out for the night, how else can we protect them?

  7. I could be wrong, I often am, but this sort of behaviour was hardly seen years ago; the years before young people started drinking at home before they go out and drink again until they can hardly stand and pop a few pills on top of that. Govt’s can’t legislate against stupidity, the only thing that young people understand is peer pressure, so until their friends start calling them for what they are, GUTLESS WANKERS, this will continue. When you’re in a drink & drug fuelled haze, you never think of consequences, so I’m not even sure that harsher penalties would make a difference.

  8. Unfortunately we have these aggressive, violent people in our society. We have legal people who think it is ok for these people to just say sorry. Not good enough. Don’t make excuses for them or their behaviour – there are NO excuses. You want to be a gutless coward, get out of our society!

  9. Close the pubs at midnight.
    An Aboriginal man died from a coward punch around the same time as Cole..No public out cry for him!
    RIP ..both of them.

    • Gillian you are so right. Hardly ANY coverage regarding the murder of Trevor Duroux. He was a quiet family man minding his own business as well.

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