LIBERALS WILL PUT WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S LIVES AT RISK

The Liberal Party has today confirmed it will not commit to implementing all 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence if elected in November.

At the Unite Against Family Violence Forum in Melbourne today, Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Georgie Crozier was asked whether a Coalition Government would implement all 227 recommendations.

Ms Crozier refused to provide that guarantee, saying they needed to “look at the details,” despite the Royal Commission’s report being released more than two years ago.

The admission comes just days after Ms Crozier said the Liberals would consider the “financial impost” of these lifesaving recommendations.

It beggars belief that anyone could say that protecting women and children from harm is a financial impost.

Matthew Guy must immediately explain why his party has walked away from the recommendations – developed by experts after thousands of victim survivors of family violence shared their experiences with the inquiry.

Will they cut women’s refuges and other crisis accommodation services? Will they take the axe to new support and safety hubs, men’s behavioural change programs or children’s counselling services?

The Andrews Labor Government is implementing every recommendation of the Royal Commission and has invested a record $2.6 billion in family violence services – more than every other state and territory in Australia.

Quotes attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins

“The Liberals need to stop playing games with people’s safety and commit to implementing every recommendation of this landmark commission.”

“We are implementing every recommendation of the Royal Commission, because every recommendation is essential to ending family violence – you can’t pick and choose.”