Newspapers champion DV campaign
ANNASTACIA Palaszczuk has given her strongest indication yet that a specialised domestic violence magistrate’s court will be operating soon in Queensland.
In an exclusive interview with APN Newsdesk, the Premier confirmed money would likely be set aside in her first state budget to fund some of the 140 recommendations from the Not Now, Not Ever family violence taskforce report.
Alluding to the tryout of a domestic-violence specific court, Ms Palaszczuk also confirmed she would like to see respectful relationship class- es rolled out across the state’s public schools.
In a meeting with Australian Regional Media (ARM) editorial director Bryce Johns last Thursday, Ms Palaszczuk accepted a petition signed by more than 2500 people calling for both options to be put in place.
They were prompted by a campaign launched by 12 daily newspapers in the Australian Regional Media footprint across Queensland and New South Wales – one being the Whitsunday Times sister paper the Daily Mercury in Mackay.
At the meeting Ms Palaszczuk said ARM’s goals “definitely” aligned with her views.
“It’s been fantastic what you have been doing through your newspapers because the more we talk about it, the more likely women are to go and seek some help,” she said.
Mr Johns said the petition handover was a “vital” part of ARM’s commitment to driving change and he was confident Ms Palaszczuk would respond to the community’s need for strong leadership on the issue.
“She clearly demonstrated this was a priority for her personally and her government,” he said.
“She knows the subject. But so often with politicians, it is harder to get the commitment.
“We have to take her at face value that change will start to come in her first budget.
“If not, expect our newspapers to ramp up the pressure.”
CALL FOR CHANGE: ARM editorial director Bryce Johns hands over a petition to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.