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Week 91: Money won't solve Australia's domestic violence crisis

Kylea catching up with residents and business owners in Artarmon.

As of this week, 35 Australian women have been killed by perpetrators of domestic violence in 2024 alone. The death of Molly Ticehurst should have been a wake-up call for a government that previously promised stronger action on domestic violence. Disappointingly, policy-makers have once again fallen far short of the long-term solutions we so desperately need to see.

The Albanese Government wants to spend almost $1 billion over 5 years to help women flee violence. It may seem like a large amount in total, but the devil is in the detail with the money not even being made available until July 2025 by which time, based on the current experience, another 106 women will have lost their lives. As I said on ABC News this morning, simply throwing money at a broken system is not going to work. It’s unsustainable and frankly, just not good enough.

The reality is, if we continue to focus solely on getting women and children out of these domestic violence situations, we are going to continue to fail because we will never have enough money to remove every woman and child from their home. We have to stop focusing on the victims running, and start focusing on the root causes of gender-based violence in this country and holding perpetrators to account instead of putting the burden on their victims.

To all who have called or written in this week to share your experiences and opinions on the domestic violence crisis: thank you. I will continue pushing for long-term solutions like the expansion of the tried-and-tested Staying Home Leaving Violence program, and look forward to working with you and our government on achieving the long-term cultural change that our community wants to see.

It was a pleasure to catch up with residents and businesses of Artarmon this week, and to join ScamWatch and Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury Sydney in delivering our first Ageing Well seminar for seniors in our community. You can download the handy Seniors and Pensioners Kit that was distributed at the event here. Please feel to share this kit with anyone who may find it of use.

Thank you also to the incredible team from Zero Emissions Sydney North who partnered with me to host a fantastic Solar Made Simple webinar on Tuesday night. If you missed it you can watch a recording here and access the slides here. And finally congratulations also to the amazing team at Gig Buddies who celebrated their 9th birthday at the Greenwood Hotel on Thursday night. It was really lovely to be able to join you.

As always, if there is anything my office and I can help you with, please get in touch!

- KT

 

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IN THE NEWS

Breakfast interview on gendered violence - ABC News, 3 May. Australia's approach to domestic violence needs to shift from focussing on victims running, to focussing on addressing the root causes of gender-based violence in this country and holding perpetrators to account, Kylea says.

More needed for violence against women - ABC Radio, 2 May. Kylea says more needs to be done to tackle perpetrators of domestic violence. "If our focus is constantly on getting women and children out of these situations, we are going to continue to fail because we do not have the money or the resources to remove every woman and child from their home."

Albanese’s $925m escape money pledge just ‘one piece of the puzzle - Sydney Morning Herald, 1 May. Kylea has expressed her disappointment with the Albanese Government's response to the domestic violence crisis, which fails to focus on the perpetrators of violence. “As a society, we need stronger perpetrator accountability for domestic and gender violence," she says. "In cases of violence, the burden must be on the perpetrator to leave home, not the victim."

Submission to the Senate Inquiry on Aircraft Noise - 30 April. Kylea has made a submission to the Rural and Regional Affairs Transport References Committee showing that aircraft noise is not being distributed in accordance with Sydney Airport's Long-Term Operating Plan. This has resulted in disproportionate noise pollution in the North Sydney Electorate. Noise sharing procedures can and should be implemented urgently. Read Kylea's submission here and her supporting report here.

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