Family violence in Australia

The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition made speeches expressing sympathy for victims of family violence.

Feb 24, 2020

The Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP expressed support for ongoing efforts to address the issue,

I acknowledge the work, as I have done and others have done, on the establishment of the first action plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children from 2010 to 2022, which was commenced under the Rudd and Gillard governments. That was a great initiative. 

The Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP added, ‘We must confront the awful truth: that this is an epidemic and that, on average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner.’                        

These speeches were given as statements on indulgence at the start of Question Time. The Speaker can interrupt the usual work of the parliament to permit a member to make a statement on indulgence, which is usually done to allow members to speak about important current events.