Shadow Attorney General Lara Giddings says she is honoured to have met with Australian of the Year Rosie Batty with Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma and Greens Leader Cassy O’Connor today in Hobart.

“Rosie Batty is an inspiring person and has been influential in starting a national conversation about family violence,” Ms Giddings said.

“It’s critical that the issue of family violence is out in the open if we are to get systems and cultural change.

“It’s an issue that spans across government. It’s a health issue, it’s a justice issue and it’s an education issue.

“We have to think about how we can incorporate an accredited program into schools to teach young people that there’s no place for family violence throughout their education.

“To really make a difference, governments, federal and state, need to be prepared to properly resource initiatives to tackle family violence.

“I’ve been heartened by the tri-partisan approach to this issue adopted by the current Parliament, but Labor will continue to make sure the Government’s response is adequate.”
Lara Giddings MP Shadow Attorney-General Shadow Minister for Women