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The government’s slogan is ‘putting veterans and their families first’, but on the problem of veteran suicide, it has fallen short. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Enough inquiries that go nowhere – it’s time for a royal commission into veteran suicide

A recent study found that male veterans under 30 have a suicide rate more than two times the national average. Yet, support for a royal commission into the problem is lacking.
Many people exit the mental healthcare system into homelessness, only to return repeatedly to hospital-based care, and sometimes the prison system. Shutterstock

From hospital to homeless: Victoria’s mental health system fails the most vulnerable

Without a place to live it is nearly impossible to take care of your mental health needs.The upcoming Royal Commission should recognise the connection between stable housing and mental health.
Images like this one aired by the ABC’s Four Corners programme helped trigger a Royal Commission - but its recommendations have still not been acted on. ABC Four Corners

One year on from Royal Commission findings on Northern Territory child detention: what has changed?

One year after the Royal Commission into Northern Territory child detention recommended big changes, little of substance has been done to tackle the problem by the NT Labor government.
Despite numerous inquiries and hundreds of recommendations in mental health over the years, little has changed. from www.shutterstock.com

If we’re to have another inquiry into mental health, it should look at why the others have been ignored

The key challenge in mental health is finding the political will and the financial and community resources to do what has already been described in thousands of pages and hundreds of recommendations.
Some financial institutions might become simply ‘too big to manage’ as well as ‘too big to fail’. AAP

Research suggests bigger banks are worse for customers

Researchers found that larger banks are more likely than their smaller peers to experience "operational losses", which includes a failure to meet obligations to clients.
It is hoped that the Royal Commission will bring a renewed enthusiasm for suitable and properly adapted customer service provision that values Indigenous consumers and take their circumstances into account. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

The Royal Commission revealed financial services woes for many Indigenous customers. Here’s what can be done

With enough will and resourcing, many of the structural issues that make financial services a trial for many Indigenous consumers can be overcome. But we need more regulation to deter sharp practice.

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