Election promises to fight violence

11-07-2018 by admin

Three major candidates vying for the seat of Patersonhave declared domestic violence a priority forthe upcoming federal election.

Liberal partycandidate Karen Howard, The Greens’ John Brown and Labor’s Meryl Swanson have each pledged to help local services such as Maitland shelter Carrie’s Place address the electorate’s demand.

Their comments come after The Mercuryreported Maitland had become the domestic violence capital of the Hunterand Carrie’s Place manager Jan McDonald called on federal candidates to take action.Mr Brown opened his campaign last week by announcing Carrie’s Place would be a significant winner under the Greens’ $1.1 billion homelessness services funding pledgeto double funding for shelters. Hesaid the policywould be funded by clamping down on the top end of town and reforming negative gearing.

“It’s grossly inequitable that the very wealthy receive a government subsidy for their multiple investment properties, in the form of negative gearing, while women are forced to choose between homelessness or violence,” he said.

Ms Howard described the statistics, both in Paterson and across Australia as a “national shame”.

“Carrie’s Place plays an extremely important role for women fleeing domestic violence,” she said

She expressed support forthe Turnbull government’s $100 million ‘safety package’ and pledged to fight for Paterson’s share of the funding.

“If elected I’ll fight to get [domestic violence in Paterson] the attention it deserves from within the party room,” she said.

Ms Howard said the Third Action Planof theNational Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022will help deliver a multi-faceted response to the complex issue. It is due mid-2016.

Ms Swanson said she had dedicated much of her career in the media to trying to raise the profile of domestic violence.

“It corrodes, at the very fibre, the function of our society,” she said.

Ms Swanson said she was eager to partner with State Member for Maitland Jenny Aitchison on the issue.

Last week Labor leader Bill Shorten promised$65 million to support national domestic violence bodiesOur Watch, 1800RESPECT and Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS).

“It evidences that we’re very serious about it,” Ms Swanson said.

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