As Australia is in election mode at the moment, and with the latest bombing attack in Jakarta, the government (on both sides) are wheeling out how we have to protect our population, and how we have to do something about it.
Here’s my tip to everybody out there, don’t worry. Here’s my tip to policitions, focus on real issues
If we have a look at statistics, the leading causes of death in Australia (from 2001) are as follows:
|Cause of Death
||Number of Deaths
||% Australian Pop died as a result
|Intentional self harm
That’s with a population of 19.5 million (or thereabouts). I really wanted to find out that more people had been kicked to death by ducks than killed by terrorist attacks, but unfortunately the ABS doesn’t have those statistics.
So, if the government really wants to help the Australian population, then they need to focus on things that affect the Australian population, not on things that are scaring the population, like depression and suicide, to start with.
Remember, you’re not going to be killed by a terrorist. You’ve got more chance winning Tattslotto (approx 300 win 1st division per year). It’s tragic for those people killed by these actions, and I am really sorry for them, and their families. However, I’m also very sorry for those families who have lost loved ones due to the causes in the above table, equally as tragic, but sadly not as newsworthy.
So, next time you hear of tragic events, keep these numbers in mind, and think about where we are better spending our tax dollars.