Women ignored by Rann Government

03 Jul 2009 archivemedia

The Rann Government is failing to tackle domestic violence with proposed new laws to better protect women not even on the Minister’s radar, Shadow Status of Women Minister Michelle Lensink said today.

“Premier Rann admitted in November 2005 the laws to better protect women were needed,” Ms Lensink said.

“But the Minister for the Status for Women, Gail Gago, revealed in State Parliament yesterday she was unsure whether the Bill for these new laws had been even drafted.”

“This shows an astonishing lack of concern from the Minister for an important issue facing many women in our community.”

“How well is the Minister serving the women of South Australia, when she does not have a thorough grasp of the portfolio?”

Ms Lensink today called for the Government to get serious about domestic violence and bring the Bill to Parliament.

“South Australian women need a Minister who will fight for their rights around the Cabinet Table, but Minister Gago is proving she is not the person for the job,” Ms Lensink said.

“It is clear the Rann Government is not serious about passing the laws before the next election given there is a maximum of seven sitting weeks before the poll in March 2010.”

Ms Lensink said the Family Safety Framework, which has proven its value in reducing violence against women and children, should also be expanded.