Queensland Premier calls for national violence summit
QUEENSLAND'S Premier has called for a national summit on family violence following a horror week which saw the death of two women and a child.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government had allocated more than $30 million to adopt and implement all 140 recommendations from the Quentin Bryce report.
But the Premier said the Federal Government needed also to act on what was a national issue.
"What I want to see is that we have a national crisis summit,'' she told ABC TV on Monday morning.
"This is a national issue. It is not just confined to Queensland. We have seen horrific events here in Queensland that has touched - it has touched everybody, everyone across the nation.
"But what I want to see is more educational programs in schools, in relation to respectful relationships - I think that needs to start as soon as possible.
"I think we need a call on good men to be role models for other men right across the nation. But also, too, let's come together, let's tackle this issue as a nation and let's see what is the best practice that is occurring in each State and Territory.
"Surely that's not too hard for the PM to say, "Yes, I am taking a leadership role in this issue. Yes, I want to bring the states and territories together."
"And I don't believe that waiting until the end of November when we all come together in COAG - it's too far away. We need to act decisively and we need to come together as a nation as soon as possible."
Should there be a national summit on family violence
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Yes. A national approach is needed
No. The time for talk is over
Only if it produces real action
No. Each state should deal with it
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Ms Palaszczuk said it was important that any approach was 'evidence-based' and not rushed into.
"I'm a bit concerned at the moment if the PM is rushing through reforms that are not evidence-based. So that's why I'm saying let's get the evidence right, let's get the people together, the experts together, the State and Territory leaders together, let's come together as one, and together I think we can bring about huge change right across this nation."
She said attacks did not always happen in the home, as seen in the past week.
"I think we need to get to the underlying causes of domestic violence.
"We need to focus on the perpetrator, we need to make sure that we have enough resources out there to help women, and we need to have the resources there so that when women do make complaints, we do have the on-the-ground activities to actually help them and to make sure that both themselves and their family, their children are safe."