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To: Malcolm Turnbull, Michaelia Cash, Kelly O'Dwyer, Scott Morrison
The federal government needs to take action on domestic Violence
It's time the federal government put their money where their mouth is and give domestic violence the serious funding it deserves. They claim domestic violence is a priority to government but that is not reflected in the 2018 budget. The budget pledged 50 Million dollars to re-vamping a Captain Cook memorial, while giving a measly $18.2 million to frontline family violence services and to increasing national awareness of the issue. This amount is inclusive of funding provided to community legal services that provide vital legal assistance, and the $11.5 million committed over two years (2018-19) to 1800 RESPECT, the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and information referral service. So it's not even new money committed to the cause.
How is that making domestic violence a priority.
In comparison, at the state level in 2017 the Victorian government allocated $1.9 billion to address family violence by implementing the 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The state of Victoria continually outdoes the federal government.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE LEADING THE WAY IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES AND PREVENTION NOT DRAGGING BEHIND.
Why is this important?
Announcing the federal budget, Treasurer Scott Morrison stated that "keeping Australians safe" was one of five commitments prioritised by the Turnbull government. They demonstrated this by an increase in funding to tighten visa processing scrutiny, increase security at airports, and assist police and crime agencies to fight crime and terrorism.
A WOMAN DIES EVERY WEEK AT THE HANDS OF HER CURRENT OR EX PARTNER.
How can this government possibly say they are committed to keeping Australians safe when they have so heinously overlooked those so vulnerable, in such desperate need. This is not a responsible government, they do not prioritise and care for the needs of their people.
Sign this petition to send a message to Canberra that the Australian people aren't okay with this and we won't tolerate it.