Politi­cians putting their foot down

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

PERTH IT is not of­ten you see your lo­cal male politi­cian in a pair of high-heeled shoes and while we may laugh, the mes­sage be­hind the ex­er­cise is a very se­ri­ous one.

Mem­bers of par­lia­ment Toni Buti, Peter Tin­ley, Stephen Daw­son and Roger Cook donned women’s shoes to raise money for the “Walk a mile in her shoes” cam­paign on May 17.

It is an in­ter­na­tional men’s march to stop rape, sex­ual as­sault, fam­ily and gen­der-based vi­o­lence.

Wil­lagee MP Peter Tin­ley said that while his col­leagues joked he was wear­ing “the sen­si­ble shoes,” this was a way for men to take a stand against vi­o­lence to­wards women.

“Peo­ple would see th­ese big beefy blokes with girl’s shoes on then think ‘hang on, if those blokes are into it there must be some­thing in this’,” Mr Tin­ley said.

“It’s about men teach­ing their boys how to en­gage with women,” he said.

Ar­madale MP Toni Buti said the is­sue of fam­ily vi­o­lence is at cri­sis point in our so­ci­ety and he con­sid­ers it the most se­ri­ous law and or­der is­sue in Australia.

“From 2010 to 2014 there has been a 76.9 per cent in­crease in fam­ily vi­o­lence re­ports to po­lice,” he said.

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