Today I delivered the training course I referred to in an earlier post. It was, I think, a success.
I was looking forward to writing some stuff on my broader interests when something happened that dropped me right back into current pre-occupations. The issue in question was the decision by the Australian Government to spend $20 million on security in schools considered to be at particular risk of attack.
Now no threat assessment was released. However assume, for the moment, that the risks of violence against those schools are so great as to justify all this extra cost. Just what does this tell us about Australia?
It tells us that the threat of violence against particular schools has reached the point that special precautions need to be taken by our national Government.
Now I do not actually believe this. But, if true, it is a dreadful commentary on the Australia that has emerged over the last thirty or so years.