Date set for national summit on women’s safety

Anne Ruston (Anne Ruston website)

A national summit on women’s safety will be held in July in a deal between federal and state ministers to canvass new programs to prevent violence amid calls for an urgent injection of $150 million to help families in need. Source: The Age.

Consultation on the new programs began last night after the women’s safety ministers agreed to take the first steps toward the summit, which is meant to shape a new national plan to prevent violence against women and children.

Social Services Minister Anne Ruston held an online meeting with her state counterparts yesterday to agree on July 29 and 30 as the dates for the summit.

Senator Ruston emerged from the meeting to declare the next agreement would go beyond the goals set in the last plan, which offered $328 million over three years but runs out at the end of this year.

While federal and state leaders held a similar summit in Adelaide in October 2018, with about 100 delegates debating policy measures, this year’s event could be bigger given the calls on governments for greater action on the problem.

Domestic violence services are asking the Morrison Government to repeat an injection of $150 million announced last year on the grounds that services cannot wait for the next national plan to start next year.

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Date set for women’s summit to ‘stop the rot’ of domestic violence (By David Crowe, The Age)

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