A new report shows Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities aren’t receiving critical support from the Palaszczuk Labor Government to put a stop to domestic violence, the LNP has warned.
LNP Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Dr Christian Rowan said the Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Boards’ 2017-18 annual report condemned the government for failing to introduce important strategies.
“Reducing domestic and family violence in Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is clearly not a priority for the Palaszczuk Labor Government,” Dr Rowan said.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities make up 4.6 per cent of Queensland’s population, but account for more than 15 per cent of domestic violence court orders.
“Last year’s report recommended a strategy to concentrate on domestic and family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities - those communities are still waiting for Labor to do something.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is ignoring their own Board’s advice and failing to implement a strategy to end domestic violence in Queensland communities*.
“Communities are also still waiting to see any of the $12 million that was promised to combat youth sexual violence**.
“Labors inaction is putting men, women and children at significant risk.
“A coordinated strategy needs to be implemented as soon as possible before more women and children are put at risk of violence.
“The safety and health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is too important to risk.”
*Page 13: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/Documents/TableOffice/TabledPapers/2018/5618T1802.pdf