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    klewso

    Abbott wants to cut red-tape/regulation to save money – will that affect safety oversight?
    And why isn’t Abbott as interested in “Iraq” with the human cost there?

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    Bowes John

    I have worked with young people all my life, they are our future and the nation’s future. We need to invest in our Youth for the benefit of the whole country. This budget does the complete opposite. We are not all fortunate like the Prime Minister and the Treasurer to attend elite GPS private schools. Both educated by the Jesuits but show little if any understanding of what the young people face today. Uncertain job market, university debt and extremely high house prices and rental fees all make it hard for the young. Give them a break just like we old people (including fat Joe Hockey)got a break when we were young. Well written John Mendoza.

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    Shaniq'ua Shardonn'ay

    I would also suggest that in addition to the stigma associated with mental illness the lack of treatment options (unless you have more than the average private hospital cover) is also a factor. There’s a nice graph in the Age on page 3 today listing the suicides (or ‘sentinel’ events) even when patients are in hospital.

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    JennyWren

    Thank you for a fantastic article. This needs to be as widely shared as possible. This government is a disgrace on so many levels I wouldn’t know where to begin. And the really disgraceful thing is that the Lib’s previous government were encouraging the population to ‘have one for the country’!! This would have repercussions for us all, including the rich. I use the second conditional as I am hoping against hope for a Double Dissolution now!

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    Yclept

    Such a well thought out plan by Abbott Hockey. Get the younger generation to suicide on mass – it keeps the funeral industry going to make up for all those boomers living longer and Abbott Hockey will never have to pay a pension to all those that have bailed early. Absolutely brilliant!

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    locinj

    MENDOZAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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    John Mendoza

    Dear Croakey Readers
    I need to correct one of the facts in the Croakey article relating to a reference to the “Game On” Report in 2013. I state that “nearly 1 in 5 young men had reported seriously considering suicide in the previous 12 months”.
    In fact the correct figure is nearly 1 in 10. I had confused the statement with one of the other findings from that national survey, namely that: “Nearly one in fi ve young men in the past 12 months have felt that life is hardly worth living.” (page 11 Game On)
    My apologies for any confusion.
    John Mendoza

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