What about the outrage at this violence, and the 'permission' of the activities which accelerate the breakdown of society which then breeds this pointless violence? Is the answer zero tolerance? It would go a long way to cutting the violence if those who commit violent acts were treated much less leniently than the law treats them now.
Another explanation. Capitalism, consumerism, or neoliberalism? All of them? WTF?
OMG! It's because society behaves selfishly? Yes? No?
This view of how a society should function is patently inadequate for the tasks ahead. We need all the resources of our societies to be mobilised to fight climate change and rebuild sustainable economies and communities. The violence in our community combined with the global financial and environmental crises should alert us to the reality that our social and economic system is in a bad state. The fact that Australia has managed to avoid the worst of the economic crisis for now should not blind us to the broader symptoms of social, environmental and economic crisis that confront us.
It's obviously complicated.
Then I read who wrote this... and it all makes sense...
The first few commenters appear to be what's expected from the readers of this Sydney rag.
Note: The term "baby koala" grates, the correct name for a young koala is "joey", the same as that for young kangaroo.