‘It’s not just a football game’: ‘I think it’s about something bigger’

New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian has said she believes the state’s response to the recent wave of violence is the right approach to combatting the problem.

The State Opposition’s spokeswoman for education and training, Jenny Macklin, has also urged Premier Gladys to adopt a proactive approach to dealing with the situation.

“The issue is a national one, the issue is systemic, and I think the way to address this is not just to say, ‘we have a football match,’ ” Ms Macklin told The World Today on Wednesday.

“This is not a football league, this is a cultural problem that is affecting all Australians, and it is the responsibility of all Australians to respond to it.”

What I’ve heard from the Premier of New South Walsham is she has had to come up with a different response to what’s happening on the ground and she’s had to take this up in her own terms.

“Ms Macklin said the State Government had also made a number of policy changes to improve education and other programs for students, which she said would improve their quality of life.”

I think Gladys will take that in and see how it works for her,” she said.”

But she’ll also take into account the other stakeholders in the community, the parents and the children and what it’s doing to their education, which will have to be dealt with as well.

“It’s the right time to be looking at this.”

Ms Berejilian said it was vital the State’s children were well educated.

“We need to be doing everything possible to ensure that our children are in a better position to have a healthy, safe and productive future,” she told The ABC.

“And we need to do that through a combination of education, child welfare, child protection and social services.”

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