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Transcript of doorstop: Caboolture: 5 July 2018: domestic violence funding announcement

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Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Acting Leader of The Nationals Minister for Sport Minister for Rural Health Minister for Regional Communications

Senator for Victoria

Mr Trevor Ruthenberg LNP Candidate for Longman

Ros Bates MP

Shadow Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Shadow Minister for Women LNP Member for Mudgeeraba


Caboolture Courthouse 30 King Street, Caboolture, QLD 9.30am

Topic: domestic violence funding announcement

E & OE

Trevor Ruthenberg: Morning folks, big Trev Ruthenberg. We are here this morning to talk about something fairly serious - domestic violence. Folks I’m here this morning with Minister McKenzie, Deputy Leader of The Nationals, I am also here with Angela Lynch, CEO of the Women’s Legal Service and also my old friend, Ros Bates who is the Shadow Minister for Health and Women. Domestic violence is a real issue here in Caboolture. Minister:

Minister McKenzie: Thanks big Trev, its great to be here with you and to be able to deliver on the strong advocacy you have bought to the Turnbull Government in terms of the needs here in the local community. We know in the local community, you have the highest rates of DVOs (domestic violence orders) you also have the highest rates of breeches. As a federal government, we have a zero tolerance to domestic violence and that’s why we are building on our earlier commitment and announcing today $500,000, half a million dollars to ensure that we have a domestic violence unit here that allows women and children experiencing domestic violence to access essential justice information - layers embedded in the hospital, paralegals supporting those key services of social workers in this community to ensure that those experiencing domestic violence have access to the services they need. Angela:

Angela Lynch: This is a significant contribution that has been made by the Turnbull Government and we thank them immensely. This is a high needs community. Every day, every week actually, our lawyers are here at the domestic violence court at Caboolture and see firsthand the need in this community. This is a significant announcement and it’s going to make a real difference in the community and we thank you immensely.

Ros Bates: As a survivor of domestic violence, this is an absolutely amazing announcement today. Locals here know that Caboolture is ground zero for child safety and domestic violence. We know that we have Labor members here who have made sure that we don’t even have enough Police representation here. Mark Ryan, the Minister for Police here in Queensland, under his watch we have had 13 less police officers in this area under the Labor Government. We need to make sure we are looking after the most vulnerable in our communities - our women and children, and I welcome this announcement today.

Trevor Ruthenberg: Folks this is an outstanding announcement that will make a real differences in the lives of working people and folks living here. How cool is it that we have people working together - Government and not-for-profit working together to support and protect our community, which is what we are strong on, right here. Talk to you soon.


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