News­pa­pers cham­pion DV cam­paign

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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