Scott Morrison – National summit to be held in July
Senator Anne Ruston was last week appointed Minister for Women’s Safety and today said a national plan to end violence against women and children would begin tonight as she announced a new inquiry.
“We will be looking at new and emerging issues that have been an issue with domestic violence, things like coercive power, facilitated abuse – looking at the impact of domestic violence on children,” Ms Runston said.
“We will be drawing on the experience of the current plan and making sure that we continue to work with our most vulnerable, particularly our diverse communities, and make sure that the next plan is informed by the lived experience of people who have experienced domestic violence.”
Senator Ruston said the consultation process would include a national online survey that would help inform the government as they made decisions about combatting violence against women moving forward.
“We must have a goal towards zero and the next plan will be an ambitious blueprint to stop the rot that is domestic violence across our national landscape,” she said.
Senator Ruston said the plan for women’s and children’s safety must be “ambitious”.
“This plan needs to be a very ambitious plan,” she said.
“We need to make sure that we move from just reducing violence against women and their children to ending violence against women and their children.”
“Time and time again, my sisters have told me, and other members of the community, how expensive it is for childcare when you’re working as well,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“These are really big issues in terms of women’s equality.”
Issues involving sexual harassment in the workplace were also “really important”, she added.
Senator Ruston said the July summit was primarily focused on safety.
“The summit that we are talking about is a women’s safety summit,” she said.
“It’s principal purpose, as it was originally intended … was around informing the next national plan to end violence against women and their children.
“But the scope of the summit is obviously something that we will be in consultation with the state and territories over coming months.”
“I acknowledge that many have not liked or unappreciated some of my own personal responses to this,” Mr Morrison said.
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The official dates for the summit are July 29 and 30.