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There was a few hours there, earlier this week, after the announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, of an anti-suicide policy aiming "towards zero", when I thought it was merely deluded and foolish, rather than cynical and strategic.

Who would possibly use this issue for spin? What purpose could such a ridiculous idea -- the aim to abolish suicide -- serve? What did it indicate, other than perhaps the shaping of social policy by Morrison's particular form of Christianity, and its pollyanna spirit -- that we could all find comfort in the childish just-so stories the prime minister seems to swaddle himself with.