Premier rules nothing out in domestic violence action
PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk is refusing to rule in or rule out any of the 140 recommendations put forward by a special state taskforce on domestic violence.
The shameful epidemic has claimed at least 30 Australian lives this year.
Ms Palaszczuk yesterday commended Australian Regional Media on its month-long Terror at Home campaign, which has run across our stable of Queensland and New South Wales papers since March 14.
The campaign included a petition, signed by more than 2000 people, calling for specialist domestic and family violence courts and government-led respectful relationship programs in schools.
Ms Palaszczuk's support for the campaign follows backing from former governor-general and taskforce chief Quentin Bryce, Australian of the Year Rosie Batty and retired footballers, including Steve Renouf and Wally Lewis.
"I applaud ARM for their recent campaign to highlight issues surrounding domestic violence," the Premier said.
While Ms Palaszczuk would not put a timeframe on the rollout of the recommendations from the taskforce, she said they would all be examined.
"The recommendations reach across different areas, like legislative change, social support, community education and justice system reform. Each recommendation has its own merits and we have given a commitment to consider all 140 recommendations. Nothing is ruled in or ruled out."
The State Government has made two significant decisions since our Terror At Home campaign began.
The first, on March 18, was forming the Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee, which will advise Minister for Women, Shannon Fentiman, on relevant domestic and family violence legislation before it is considered by Parliament.
On April 1, the government revealed nine welfare groups would share $17 million over three years to provide support for family violence victims.
TERROR AT HOME CAMPAIGN TIMELINE
Not Now, Not Ever report is handed to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk by the Queensland Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence, headed up by former governor-general Quentin Bryce.
During the New South Wales election campaign, the NSW Liberal party promises 24 new domestic violence experts in the police force and a Domestic Violence Offenders' Register.
Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath says the state is not closed to any ideas, but would work through recommendations from its own domestic violence taskforce.
APN's Australian Regional Media launches its Terror At Home campaign, supported by Australian of the Year Rosie Batty and retired rugby league star Steve Renouf.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk tells APN Newsdesk exclusively she will form a committee to oversee domestic and family violence legislation. Ms Palaszczuk said the Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee would advise Women's Minister Shannon Fentiman and Disability Services Minister Coralee O'Rourke on the legislation that needed to be introduced into parliament.
The ACT Victims of Crime commissioner John Hinchey argues for significant changes to the way local authorities and support services respond to domestic violence. He warns domestic and sexual violence needs to be treated differently to other types of assault because it carries a higher risk.
A Senate inquiry into domestic violence says the Abbott Government should restore $583m funding it cut from domestic violence services. There is also uncertainty over 39 domestic violence services whose federal money runs out on June 30.
$115 million in funding restored to the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness. The money goes to first-response services and long-term help for homeless people, much of which goes to helping domestic violence victims escape from violent relationships.
Amnesty International, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, Reconciliation Australia and the Law Council signed a letter to the Attorney-General urging the Abbott Government to rectify $6 million cut to community legal centres, part of which is used for legal advice for domestic violence.
Following Queensland law symposium, lawyers urge Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath to ensure greater protection for those suffering from domestic violence.
NSW Government MP Pru Goward is appointed Australia's first Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
Queensland Government announces families affected by domestic and family violence in North Queensland, Ipswich region, Redlands, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Redcliffe, Pine Rivers and Toowoomba will share in an extra $17 million over the next three years under funding approved by the Department of Communities - part of funding worth $49 million over five years. Women and Families Minister Shannon Fentiman says the government is considering Not Now, Not Ever report recommendations.
National anti-domestic violence group Our Watch gives $250,000 to four sports organisations prepared to take action against Australia's family violence epidemic through the Federal Government's Sports Grants Bank program.