Yesterday, just up the road from work, one boy apparently stabbed another boy at 2.30 in the afternoon. This was a second day of school kid disturbances.
I see these kids every day. I also read about boys from minority groups condemned to a life on welfare because they cannot find jobs.
We need to redesign work to people, especially men, not attempt to redesign people to work.
Physical strength, the need to prove one's self physically, are male features. Denied of work that require these things, they form gangs.
Gangs have proliferated across Western Sydney. We say that this is a law and order or, alternatively, a training problem.
Bring in more police, tighten the law, is the law and order response. The training response says give them skills so that they can do what have mainly become office jobs.
Both miss the point. They are trying to make male young fit in. Why not change the system to fit their needs?
I look round Australia's towns and cities and I see urban decay. The same happens in the country, just more so.
Why not create physical jobs that will build things? We can afford it. We don't because we have the wrong models.