Five Australian men commit suicide each day compared to just one woman, according to an academic who says the nation urgently needs a national men's health policy.
Politicians are generally not the most insightful, intelligent people in the world - they just posses the 'right' sort of characteristics to get elected. I Think you need to modify your expectations.
Convincing a politician to do anything is a difficult task (let alone understand anything) - many of them are too busy concentrating on what they read in the media or how their own position in the party is going or how much political damage they can cause the other side.
I suppose even the ones who feel they have something to offer and strive to become 'powerful' so they can 'make a difference' - realize very quickly - how little they know and can achieve once they 'get there'.
There are many ways to influence change and improvements - and they all have to be done - talking to politicians, calling people, writing alternative articles in the media, publishing books, humour, international influence, international law, rights, etc - until it becomes common sense. We all know people who have committed suicide, died young, been pushed to the limit and under extreme duress. Some people don't seem to appreciate WHY or understand it could happen to them or their family - and then when it does - suddenly they learn and grow a bit.
There is still a lot of growing to do for many people.
But unless we have a society where people are prepared to think (use their brain) and care (have some sense of the people around them) and become less self centered (the what about me and me too generations) then it is going to be even harder.
This government seems quite happy to kill men by war - why not (they think), mental stress, financial hardship, lack of support, legal restraints, removal of children and assets, constant public vilification, lack of care, etc
Collectively (as I said at the start ) i consider them culpable.