TASMANIAN men are being urged to take a stand and make a pledge against family violence on today’s White Ribbon Day – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

A White Ribbon Day Ambassador, Tasmanian Liberal Senator Stephen Parry is backing this year’s campaign, which encourages men to take an oath.

“The oath speaks for itself and should be supported by all Tasmanian men,’’ Senator Parry said.

I swear:

never to commit violence against women,

never to excuse violence against women, and

never to remain silent about violence against women.

This is my oath.

“Thousands of Australians from all walks of life have taken the pledge already, and I urge Tasmanian men to lead the country by hopping online and swearing today.

“Simply visit and click `Swear Now’.’’

Tasmania’s White Ribbon Day ambassadors, who include senior police officers and union officials, will host a fundraiser at Parliament House in Hobart on Friday evening.

“We are fortunate to have as our guests Hawthorn footballers Chance Bateman and Max Bailey, who represent the AFL’s commitment to `creating a safe and inclusive environment for all women at all levels of Australian football’.

“Anyone interested in attending the function should contact my office on 1300 760 788.’’

For further information on White Ribbon Day, visit

Picture caption: White Ribbon Day ambassadors shadow treasurer Joe Hockey MP (right)) and Senator Stephen Parry collect oaths in their `swear box’.
Senator Stephen Parry