Oxley Electorate: Domestic and Family Violence

28 November 2016

I rise today to be absolutely committed to do everything I can to hold this government

to account to ensure we do everything in power to end violence against women. Domestic violence figures are

confronting and they demand serious action from all levels of government. On average, one in three women

today have experienced physical violence since the age of 15, and one woman dies at the hand of a current or

former partner every week in this country. Every year, 300,000 women experience domestic and family violence.

I am proud to be a White Ribbon ambassador and this is an incredibly important role that I take in our community.

As we know, White Ribbon's aim is to generate understanding of domestic violence. It acknowledges that men

speaking to men about stopping violence against women is a powerful catalyst for change. Through education,

preventative programs and community partnerships, we will see a reduction in these horrific statistics.

One of the events I was privileged to attend last week was held at the St Hugh's Anglican parish in Inala, in

the federal seat of Oxley. It was organised by Salome Swan of Anglicare. We were joined by Senior Sergeant

Neil Gardner from the Queensland Police Service and Helen Poynton from Relationships Australia. I want to

thank and acknowledge those who attended and spoke at a moving and very worthwhile event: Bevan Doyle,

Bruce Manu Sione, my good friend Uncle Albert Holt, Eddie from Kiwi Daddys, Jeffrey Mwanza—who has

been a White Ribbon ambassador since 2009 and a dedicated social worker—and Greg Duncan, who led a very

moving smoking ceremony.

It was great to see so many members of our local community engaged in standing up against domestic violence

through creating understanding, sharing dialogue and encouraging men in our community to take a stance against

domestic violence. I note that last week we saw significant announcements by Bill Shorten, the Leader of the

Opposition, including on family violence leave in employment standards, making revenge porn a criminal offence

and, most importantly, not allowing perpetrators to cross-examine victims.

We all know, in some way or other, in this House people who have been touched by domestic violence. I know in

my own community this is an issue. I will continue to speak out. I note that on Friday we joined hands to change

ways to make a better place for you and me and it starts with all of us taking action.