PM pledges action on suicide
August 11, 2017
Broome Advertiser, Broome WA by Sarah Martin
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was a popular figure during a brief visit to town last week.
The PM made time to take a selfie with Durack MP Melissa Price, Broome Senior High School students Matilda Kenworthy, 17, Tessa Davies, 17, Kristina Haymes, 17, and Keshi Moore, 17, and BSHS principal Saeed Amin at his welcome ceremony.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has met indigenous leaders in Broome to discuss the "terrible tragedy of youth suicide" in the Kimberley.
On the final leg of his week-long tour of WA, Mr Turnbull met Yawuru leaders and the youth suicide prevention group at the Nyamba Buru centre with Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.
Mr Turnbull said the Government wanted to do more to address the problem.
"My commitment is to do things with Aboriginal people, not do things to Aboriginal people - we want to work with you," he said.
The Kimberley region is the site of a Federal Government suicide prevention trial in recognition of the high rate of indigenous suicide.
In the Kimberley, the age-adjusted rate of suicide is more than six times the national average.
Earlier, when asked about the WA coroner's investigation into the deaths of 13 young Aboriginal people in the Kimberley, Mr Turnbull said the situation was not acceptable.
"We never accept young people taking their own lives, like we never accept the abuse of women and children," he said.
"We never accept substance abuse destroying families and communities and we'll always be working to protect families, to help the communities rebuild." The visit to Broome, which also included a community afternoon tea with member for Durack Melissa Price, comes as Mr Turnbull headed to the Northern Territory for the Garma Festival in East Arnhem Land over the weekend.
Mr Turnbull, along with Premier Mark McGowan, officially opened a 6km extension to the Mitchell Freeway in Perth's northern suburbs last week. Flanked by a dozen politicians, Mr Turnbull and Mr McGowan cut the ribbon on the $236 million project, which is set to cut commuter times by 60 per cent through the area.
"What this is going to do is for thousands of people here in Perth, it is going to save them hours and hours out of their lives in congestion and in traffic delays," Mr Turnbull said.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.
If you or someone you know needs help, phone SANE Australia Helpline on 1800 18 SANE (7263). Young people seeking support can phone beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 or go to headspace.org.au