“Get real, Australia.” David Morrison fires up over this dangerous issue

Australian of the year David Morrison got fired up on ABC’s Q and A last night, telling Australia to “get real”
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Australian of the year David Morrison got fired up on ABC’s Q and A last night, telling Australia to “get real” about the issue of domestic violence and calling our current stance on the issue “bulls**t”.

Morrison couldn’t control his temper as he spoke about the issue, clearly upset about the rate of domestic violence across the country.

“It’s not about the statistics, it’s about the lives that are being taken and damaged here,” said Morrison. “What do you want to do? You want to compare a particular figure from a year to a year?”

“Get real Australia. We run the risk of being a nation of bystanders comforted by statistics. 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 bulls**t.”

Morrison’s response was met with applause from the audience and he went on to say domestic violence is “the greatest social challenge we face” in Australia.

Morrison went on to say: “It is not just the courts, it is first responders like police, it is the community organisations like the Domestic violence Crisis Service in the ACT. But they are all stretched. There is now a demand out there.

“We are all stretched to deal with this but if we don’t deal with it, what is the legacy we leave for those who follow us?”

Do you agree with David Morrison? Should we be doing more to stop domestic violence? How could we help?

  1. There should be much tougher jail sentences for domestic violence offenders, all they get right now is a slap on the wrist. If they do get a jail term they’re let out on parole. Australia is too soft and we need to clamp down hard, on all offenders.

    • He should have said, judges get real ! Very frustrating for police doing their job, and then the judges just giving the effenders a slap on the wrist.

    • At least they are getting a slap over the wriest now now like when the cops didn’t even bother showing up

    • How true, Irene. I was a victim of DV back in the 60s. The police wouldn’t come – “it’s a domestic matter”. And to go to court you had to have reams of medical reports, dozens of xrays and visible black eyes, broken noses/limbs, bruises, etc. etc. And then it took so long and was so traumatic it wasn’t worth the bother. It was the knife at my throat that caused me to finally go out the window at 2 in the morning. And then had to move constantly to keep ahead of him as he continued to try and find me. So David Morrison gets my support 100%.

    • I too, was a victim of Domestic Violence. My Sister & Mother copped it from an alcoholic Father/Husband. I absolutely deplore domestic violence. But we really do need the Legal Fraternity to start doing something about this issue. As has been said many time before, stop the slap on the wrist and jail these people. Stand up for the victims, not the perpetrator…………….

    • Christina Smith – Yes, thanks, Christina. It was so long ago and much water has passed under the bridge since then – calmer waters.

  2. for the first time ever I never watched Q&A, but anyone who has courage to stand their ground against Domestic violence is ok i my book. I am in the midst of a dilemma now with my next door neighbors, they yell and scream and carry on just about every weekend, they 2 babies under 3 years old, who both cry during the whole nasty display. These people take it outside, I am unsure if she is being hit or she is just hysterical, so this coming weekend I am going to wait and if it starts again I am going to the right thing by those children and call the Police.

    • Its a dilemma. Occasionally we hear lots of yelling and slamming around from next door, we suspect it is the adult son and his mum. The son is a dangerous individual already guilty of several violent crimes. I suspect if we called the police mum and son would unite to claim all is ok. Our intervention would just incur their wrath and with the son that’s not a safe thing.

    • Its a dilemma. Occasionally we hear lots of yelling and slamming around from next door, we suspect it is the adult son and his mum. The son is a dangerous individual already guilty of several violent crimes. I suspect if we called the police mum and son would unite to claim all is ok. Our intervention would just incur their wrath and with the son that’s not a safe thing.

    • I will get the replay Barbara, I am still sick this morning and I have to meet Kathleen at 10am for the coffee thing lol thanks again 🙂

    • I will get the replay Barbara, I am still sick this morning and I have to meet Kathleen at 10am for the coffee thing lol thanks again 🙂

    • It is a dilemma! I went up three doors at 10 one night,because I heard the wife screaming and the baby crying.Having lived this once,I knew it was serious, so knocked on the door of theses new neighbours I had never met,and asked if everything was ok and then offered to Shoosh the 6 month old baby who was in a hell of a state.They could have shown me the door or harmed me,I grant you,but I honestly came from deep concern and was after that able to monitor events which of course never ended well! I think it depends on the type of neighbourhood if you can get involved. I would be loathe to knock on the door of anyone of those places they do drive by shootings!!

    • It is a dilemma! I went up three doors at 10 one night,because I heard the wife screaming and the baby crying.Having lived this once,I knew it was serious, so knocked on the door of theses new neighbours I had never met,and asked if everything was ok and then offered to Shoosh the 6 month old baby who was in a hell of a state.They could have shown me the door or harmed me,I grant you,but I honestly came from deep concern and was after that able to monitor events which of course never ended well! I think it depends on the type of neighbourhood if you can get involved. I would be loathe to knock on the door of anyone of those places they do drive by shootings!!

    • At least by calling the police you are bringing the situation to their attention! It is difficult when the victim will not follow through on complaints. Years ago I worked in RPA. A young woman was brought in for proof of brain death. She had been beaten to death by her partner. I talked to the police officer who had accompanied her to the hospital. He told me that her partner had a history of violence towards her but she always refused to follow through and allow charges to be laid. He expressed the frustration that the police felt on these circumstances. I don’t know how this situation can be dealt with. However I think that women who flee domestic violence should have all the support they need with housing and finance. Those who are violent should be dealt with more severely by the courts. They are violent bullies.

    • At least by calling the police you are bringing the situation to their attention! It is difficult when the victim will not follow through on complaints. Years ago I worked in RPA. A young woman was brought in for proof of brain death. She had been beaten to death by her partner. I talked to the police officer who had accompanied her to the hospital. He told me that her partner had a history of violence towards her but she always refused to follow through and allow charges to be laid. He expressed the frustration that the police felt on these circumstances. I don’t know how this situation can be dealt with. However I think that women who flee domestic violence should have all the support they need with housing and finance. Those who are violent should be dealt with more severely by the courts. They are violent bullies.

    • Catharine for your own safety if it happens again please call the police, you don’t know if these people have any weapons or not.

    • Catharine for your own safety if it happens again please call the police, you don’t know if these people have any weapons or not.

    • thanks for the responses, it makes me feel comforted to think others have experienced similar things, I have no partner to talk to I sort of have to nut this out myself but I know this much if there is violence and I do nothing, I could not live with that.

    • Libbi, if you are concerned I think you should go with your gut feeling, perhaps a visit from the police may wake them up, it’s better than regretting it down the track if something serious did happen & you did nothing.

    • Yes Libbi, definitely call the police, the abuse may not be physical, but there is still severe damage being caused emotionally, the effects of psychological abuse are sometimes much worse on children later in their lives. Stay safe yourself please.

    • Libbi if you have any doubt at all regarding the safety of the babies then ring the Police the next time it happens. Such a dilemma to be in but better to be safe than sorry. Hope you feel better sweetie. Xx

    • The Police are not allowed to be involved directly in domestic issues (far too many ramifications if they allowed this), that’s why it is up to the person being abused to make the complaint and take out an AVO.

    • Libbi, I understand where you are coming from as I have been in your position twice and could not stand by and do nothing so called the police to intervene….but…I will never do it again. On both occasions the police came to my door first so it was clear who made the call and I was targeted by these men after that, vandalism abuse etc. Until the police change their modus operandi I will never again become involved. Sad as this is goes against every gut instinct I have but your own safety is important also.

    • Hi libbi, on a side note to my above comment, I had no partner at the time either so it made it twice as hard to get involved but when I looked back on it I should have spoken to the neighbours on the other side as they would be witnessing the same as you. Possibly talk with them and maybe approach the woman on her own while the partner is out and talk to her with your other neighbour to see if she and the children are ok? Domestic violence is isolating and perhaps knowing that the neighbours are aware and care may give her the courage to consider an AVO if it is warranted. Hope this helps 🙂

    • Noelandgail. I think it is a source of frustration to many police officers. Maybe they should be given the power to take offenders to the cells and retain them overnight. It is a difficult situation with no simple answer other than educating women not to accept domestic violence and providing support to those that escape it.

    • Gail Riley  

      Dianne Boyd great advice making perfect sense. Police arriving at your door first is something one needs to know about when making such a nerve wracking call. Thanks for sharing.

    • Gail Riley  

      A brave gal Libbi…I would definitely want you for a neighbour! Hope all works out well .

    • Libbi, you are doing the right thing by phoning the police…they will call by and if there isn’t any danger, at least they will know how their behaviour is affecting their neighbours…don’t confront yourself..I once tried to help a young girl holding a baby whilst her partner was yelling and shaking her, and got thrown 6 feet for my troubles…the police sorted it but not really to my satisfaction…but thats another story 🌸

    • Libbi this is a very touchy situation for you, O.K. if you have a house full of strong men that look threatening, we all want to live in Peace , which your near neighbours are disturbing ,but will other neighbour’s take a stance with you, of course Domestic Violence also takes in Psychological Warfare ( mind games, which also robs you of your self worth). Perhaps a mass demonstration of neighbour’s outside the offenders gate & call the Police would send a strong message.

    • Be careful Libbi , make the call anonymous. Women in this situation often turn on the people trying to help them and side with their abuser. I know, once I stopped a neighbor of mine from being beaten by her boyfriend. Someone called the police and she told them I started it and was a trouble maker. Lucky for me people saw what happened and spoke up otherwise I could have been arrested. As I said make your call anonymous for your own welfare.

    • Yes get autorities involved .years from now these same parents will be agonising over “the youth of today”

  3. Yes we should be doing more. We have been discussing th I s on and off forever it seems.

  4. If the Courts let these mongrels off on bail, knowing their history well that is the biggest issue…..
    Media would be the second biggest issue….
    NO MONEY would be the third…
    People not reporting it…
    The police not listening and acting…..
    A need for more batted women centres to be opened…..
    Teaching in schools that women should be treated in the highest regard…..
    Other than these things I can’t help…..sorry yes it is terrible……

    • What about the men as well there’s a lot of abusive woman to men as well before I get cried down I have seen it first hand

    • Nadia Hering Exactly – It’s not the one-way street many would have us believe. I know a bloke who was on the receiving end many years ago.
      He was an Army reservist, so he could handle himself – but if he had retaliated, guess who would have had The Finger pointed.

    • I never said it was, apart from women’s refuges and not putting men in the education part, I never left men out. The battered men is a lot less in the statistics and that is not my fault….maybe come up with ideas to stop this scourge instead of finding things wrong with what I write!!!!

    • Judith Forbes no one said it was your fault but at lot of people should stop and think why there isn’t the statistics with men a man friend I know that was slapped scratched bruised abused and because he was a male was to ashamed to report it of fear he would b ridiculed

    • Yes it does happen and it is not good that men are made to feel that way….women are too…..very few men are killed by their partners though and this is one huge problem……the media make it worse by reporting on it, but I guess it is the one big way to hi lite a terrible problem……

  5. As if i would heed anything this limp wristed f/wit had to say.

    • I agree with your opinion of him but I am forced to agree with what he is saying. Feeling very conflicted.

  6. Murray  

    What about a couple of suggestions about how the scourge of domestic violence can’t dealt with instead of name calling. And just a reminder, of your not so flash record on the subject whilst you were head of the Army.

  7. I watched this program last night and I think the Twit who quoted Mark Latham should go and spend some time in an ER with Gordian. I think that Latham is protesting way too much about this topic.

  8. Yesterday 3 or 4 people were let off on a bond for bashing the bejesus out of 2 cops around the Armidale / Glen Innes area. Tell us what you would have us do Morrison. Also please tell us why you neglected your duty of care to our returning servicemen and women. Why do you allow them to have nowhere to live, why are they sleeping on the streets. Is it because you are a complete and utter fool. I think so.

    • Debbie I thought the same as you, but he did make some good and fair comments last night on Q&A. However, only time will tell what influence he has, if any, and what he does about things.

    • Christa Caldecott I am biased as we had dealings with him when he was head of Army. We were not impressed. I cannot go into details as we made an agreement with Defence.

  9. This guy is not the man to speak re violence as to my mind he has comes across as a complete bully since listening to his speech of acceptance of the great honour afforded him. What perhaps he may be able to do is speak up for returned soldiers suffering PTS.

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