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Rosie Batty's Call for Investment in Schools Must be Heeded

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Tags: Family Violence, Women, Education

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

It was an enormous privilege to meet and talk with Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, in Hobart today, alongside my colleagues, Minister for Women, Jacquie Petrusma, and Shadow Attorney General, Lara Giddings.

Rosie Batty’s story of violence and loss has reached into the nation’s heart.  She has had the ear of the Prime Minister and all Premiers, and through her relentless, passionate advocacy for a safer, kinder Australia, public awareness has been raised on the terrible toll of family violence.  The national conversation has dramatically shifted.

We all agreed at our meeting this morning that it’s critical we, as a community, build on that momentum and the excellent work of previous governments across Australia to respond to gender inequality and reduce violence against women and children.

The Greens strongly support Rosie Batty’s call for increased investment in evidence-based Respectful Relationships programs in all schools and for mandatory perpetrator programs that work with violent men to prevent future harm and deaths.

We agree with the evidence that primary prevention and perpetrator accountability are key to creating cultural changes within a generation and making our communities safer for women and children.

The Greens remain wholly committed to working collaboratively with Liberal and Labor on this issue.  We look forward to the release of the Tasmanian Government’s family violence response next week.  Where there are deficiencies, we’ll name them up in the spirit of cooperation, while advocating strongly for continued reform to eliminate violence against women and their children in Tasmania.