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Thursday, 28 February 1985
Page: 330

Senator GILES —My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Attorney-General. What action is being planned by the Government to fulfil its commitment to conduct a summit meeting on domestic violence to develop a national approach to legislative and social reforms?

Senator GARETH EVANS —The Australian Institute of Criminology is assisting the Government in its fulfilment of that commitment by organising a national conference on domestic violence to be held in November this year. The conference is to be opened by the Attorney-General, Mr Lionel Bowen. The Director of the Institute has arranged for a number of international experts to speak at it. The Director has called a final planning meeting for 6 March at which various State and other professional interests will be represented. It is hoped that the conference will provide a comprehensive survey of the situation and will also develop a program for future research and action.

I just add that in April last year the Institute of Criminology conducted a workshop on victims of crime in Australia. Subsequently, the Director of the Institute wrote to all relevant State and Territory departments, authorities and organisations seeking information on services available to aid victims of crime so that a comprehensive list of such services could be compiled. It is expected that the report of this workshop and the information supplied by the agencies, which has some immediate relevance to the topic of domestic violence as well as crime in general, will be further developed by the national conference.