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Labor welcomes vital plan to address family violence

The Labor Opposition has welcomed the Government’s Family Violence Action Plan.

Shadow Attorney-General Lara Giddings said today’s announcement is a big step forward in the quest to stop family violence.

“The plan ticks all the boxes in terms of approaching the issue of family violence from all angles,” Ms Giddings said.

“It’s clear the Government has listened to key stakeholders and shaped its policy response according to their advice.

“A commitment to bring together government agencies to create a one-stop-shop for survivors of family violence is an excellent initiative.

“We also welcome an acknowledgement that additional resources for perpetrator programs are required.

“The only question mark is whether around $6 million a year is enough to adequately fund all 18 actions.

“By taking on so many initiatives, it means the $25.57 million in additional funding is spread reasonably thinly over the next four years.

“For example, Labor applauds a commitment to invest in a Respectful Relationships program in Tasmanian schools, but is concerned $355,000 won’t go far enough.

“That’s around $450 per government school, per year.

“While we welcome the additional funding announced today at the crisis end of family violence, it is crucial that preventative measures are also appropriately funded.

“Labor’s committed to a strong, tri-partisan approach to family violence but reserves the right to hold the Government to account when it comes to properly resourcing these critical initiatives.”
Lara Giddings MP Shadow Attorney-General Shadow Minister for Women

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