Peter Adamis 30 June 2014. Australians may be a resilient, tolerant and tough race but abhor violence when it occurs. A complete copy of the article may be downloaded by clicking on: AUSTRALIANS AGAINST VIOLENCE
According to recent online media reports, the life of a young Chinese national on her way to work was taken by allegedly by a homeless man whose origins were from America. This same man had been living in West Australia for some time before relocating to Victoria. Enough is enough and I am quite sure that our law enforcement agencies and the State emergency services are sickened by the violence in our society. This latest senseless violence has led me to propose two matters become a part of our society.
Australians Against Violence Ambassadors. The first is that we all become ambassadors for ‘Australians Against Violence. That all violence be reported no matter what the case may be. Intervention may well save the life of someone. We can all wear the badge on our front or have it as a key ring. The key ring could hide the device to create attention.
Electronic Shackles. The second proposal is that the Victorian government should consider the use of ‘Electronic Shackles’. These electronic shackles should installed on those who are violent towards others, prey on women and/or sexually assault children. In fact, it would be a great deterrent for all those charged with assault or a violent crime to be electronically shackled for a period of time and have their movements tracked on line.
One wonders whether the assailant in the murderer of the young lady believe that being a woman that she was an easy target that she would not speak out against being assaulted. We may never know what the truth of it all as the animal that carried out the act may not reveal his reasons for doing so. What I would like to see is that those who are at risk should carry some form of deterrent like a device that has a shrill scream in English shrieking out a distress call.
The use of the device would at least create attention and hope hopes deter an attacker.In the case of the young Chinese national, what is most distressing to read is that CCTV recorded her running across St Kilda Road being chased by a man. In another report it states that witnesses saw a lady running across St Kilda Road, being chased by a man.
If the latter is the case, why did not the witnesses’ contact the Police. We as a society must change our attitudes and contact police or at least go to the aid of anybody in distress, no matter what the circumstances. If it’s a family or domestic affair then such mattes can still be resolved in an amicable manner under controlled conditions.
Victorians and Australians throughout would rightly feel disgusted at the animal that attacked her and took her life. Life as we now it here in Australia is sacrosanct and we as citizens pride ourselves on our values and ethical standards and as such when such matters are brought to our attention we find that we wish the worst punishment upon the assailant or perpetrator. Many of us who have lived life and travelled always return back to this country we call home (Australia) thanking the heavens that we live in a democratic country free as possible to life a lifestyle of our choosing.
We pride ourselves upon our tolerance of others not of this country and welcome those who wish to make it home. This young lady who had come to Australia and was working may have been working in order to obtain some recognition of her intentions and obtain permanent residence.
Now we will never know what dreams, hopes and ambitions she may have had. all of these are now in the heavens so to speak. Let not this young lady have died for nothing and that we as Australians take it that it’s a part of life when we all know that is not the case. All such matters can be avoided if we take matters seriously and report such matters to the police.
The Voice from the Pavement – Peter Adamis is a Journalist/Commentator and writer. He is a retired Australian military serviceman and an Industry organisational & Occupational (OHS) & Training Consultant whose interests are within the parameters of domestic and international political spectrum. He is an avid blogger and contributes to domestic and international community news media outlets as well as to local and Ethnic News. He holds a Bachelor of Adult Learning & Development (Monash), Grad Dip Occupational Health & Safety, (Monash), Dip. Training & Assessment, Dip Public Administration, and Dip Frontline Management. Contact via Email: [email protected] or via Mobile: 0409965538