How is domestic violence committed a suburb away by someone I've never met any more internal than a terrorist act?
It's closer in distance, that's all.
Domestic violence is generally an act of an individual against another. Terrorism is an individual or group acting in a premeditated way against another group.
And saying that we're paying attention to terrorism as an excuse to ignore troubles closer to home... that's a low accusation.
Yes, there are categorical differences between domestic violence, and terrorism. Terrorism is definitively a lower act, since it involves a small group of people violently attacking a larger group of innocent people, and affecting our whole society at a psychological level. Additionally, the nature of terrorism means that at any point, hundreds of lives could be lost if our security is compromised.
I'm not arguing that they are equivalent.
I introduced the topic of domestic violence to give a point of comparison to terrorism. The point I'm making is that while terrorism is a serious threat, there are other issues that Australians are completely culpable for, that are within our power to manage, that we don't consider a priority when discussing security and safety. Unless we draw these comparisons, how can we judge that the $1.2 Billion AUD in Federal funding we spend on terrorism each year is good value, and the $100 Million AUD in Federal funding given to manage domestic violence sufficient?