On this White Ribbon Day, Bendigo Labor MPs Jacinta Allan, Maree Edwards and Lisa Chesters today stand in solidarity to say “no” to family violence.
“This year’s White Ribbon events and activities are an opportunity for every member of our community to say “let’s talk about the elephant in the room” and to say “No” to violence against women”, Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP said today.
“The statistics on family violence are heart breaking. No one can argue that violence does not have a profound and damaging impact on its victims and on the community as a whole”, Ms Chesters said.
State Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan MP said today that only Labor, under Daniel Andrews’ leadership has the commitment to establish a Royal Commission into Family Violence.
“Labor views this as the number one law and order issue affecting our community”, Ms Allan said.
“Daniel, Maree and I have already held a number of discussions with local agencies and people working in this field about the problems and challenges that they face. Their experience provides a valuable insight into how the system needs to work better. We are fortunate here in Bendigo to have leaders in this area working to reduce violence against women.
“More of the same policies will only mean more of the same tragedy. That’s why we’ll hold a Royal Commission to find the answers we need”, Maree Edwards MP, State Member for Bendigo West said today.
“In the meantime, vital support services are straining under the weight of soaring demand. Labor will provide an immediate funding boost to reduce the short-term pressure while we find the long-term solution”, Ms Edwards said.
The Bendigo March with start at the Bendigo Town Hall at 11.45am for a 12pm start and will include guest speakers Inspector Ron Gardner and Anj Barker.
“Congratulations to the speakers for showing leadership on this issue, and in particular, I commend the courage shown by Anj Barker in sharing her personal story with the community,” Ms Chesters said.