Malcolm Turnbull grilled over lack of Budget funds for domestic violence 45



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It is hard to put into words just how devastating domestic violence is but one thing is for sure – it affects all of us in some way. Whether it is ourselves, our daughters, our granddaughters, our friends, the people next door – domestic violence is in our streets and our homes and yet it is being put to the wayside by the government.

This statistic is shocking, but true: every week, two Australian women are killed by violence… that’s 31 so far this year. Some are killed by strangers in schools or in parks, but many more are killed by people they know well.

Now, around Australia, as more and more people become aware of the extent of violence in every suburb and town, there are growing calls for action and last night on The Project, presenter Waleed Aly took Malcolm Turnbull on and asked why domestic violence prevention only receive $30 million in the budget.

It wasn’t a quiet discussion, with Waleed clearly getting heated up about a topic so many men are campaigning for – they too have sisters, daughters, mothers, nieces, granddaughters.

“Thirty-million dollars for something you are calling a crisis. Do you genuinely believe that’s enough?” Aly asked.

“The biggest things we have to change are attitudes and culture.

“The idea that a man hitting a woman is private business, none of my concern, whereas a man hitting someone in the street you would be calling the police”, Mr Turnbull said.

“I totally agree with you. That’s wonderful that you’re articulating that. That’s the reason why we need education programs in schools. You’ve just cut funding to some of those programs in NSW,” co-host Gorgi Coghlan said.

Aly called for an additional $2.8m in funding for the government’s 1800-RESPECT hotline, as in The Project’s show the night before, he made an impassioned plea, saying over 18,000 calls last year to the hotline were left unanswered.

“There’s a real serious short fall here in access to counselling hotline, calls that are not being answered. These services that are not working together, they need the funding. Where’s the Money?”

“We’ll do you a deal — we’ve got the mega phone, you’ve got the money. How about we shake on that?”, Gorgi said.

The hash tag #ShowMeTheMoney is now trending.


This is obviously such a serious and devastating issue for so many but what do you think should be done by the government? Is throwing money at the problem going to solve it?

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  1. No-where near enough done. It is a national disgrace, but money can go to flagpoles? Politicians need to stop telling women what to do and instead work on stopping the men doing it.

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    • Mothers & fathers need to teach their children it is not on. It is not the government’s responsibility as far as I am concerned. Society needs to face the facts & teach future generations it is not right.

  2. If we are to change “attitude and culture” then maybe a look at the cultural background of many of those people who make up the statistics on domestic violence would be a starting point. Is it just possible that a proportion of the offences are committed by people from a cultural background where domestic violence is acceptable? Why has incidence of domestic violence increased in recent years?
    History shows that throwing money at a problem does not make it go away.

  3. I think a lot of domestic violence is drug and alcohol related along with mental health issues. We need to research the core of the problem. I left an abusive marriage years ago after 2 years of TERROR . My ex was a returned Vietnam soldier with PTSD. Luckily no children and I had a supportive mum and dad. I hope our Government listen and can help women, men and children who endure this awful violence.

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  4. I agree with you Cheryl..we need to get to the core of the issue. You did the right thing and left. I would like to see strong young women who are taught from a young age, that this controlling behaviour towards them is not a show of love. Let’s start building young women who will NOT be pushed around!

  5. Ridiculous to think a sum of money can fix this problem. It’s an entire community issue. We must raise sons and daughters with better values.
    Stop ignoring issues till it’s too late then blaming Government for lack of funds.
    Shelters and counselling are necessary, but families must take responsibility and teach our young people to deal with anger. Women must face self esteem issues and know it is never their fault.

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  6. It is the attitude that needs to change. It doesn’t help when singo thought it was a joke to make out to glass his mate. We need role models to say it doesn’t make you a man by being violent.

  7. He did not answer the the questions put to him, just rambled on spoke over the presenters and told them to get out there and publicise it

  8. Why if my husband bashes me up is it the problem of taxpayers, somehow we want the Govt, to pay for everything . I know no one ,or have NEVER heard of anyone who has suffered this. Don’t we have FAMILIES anymore, this was the support in the olden days. Maybe we should start with schools ,Get rid of the Union & let teachers get some discipline back in schools, at the moment they can do very little except give in & give up. Start in Kindergarten , respect for everyone, rules ,regulations if you break them ,there are consequences . No family involvement when punishment is stated., like going to radio or TV and complaining. Most of us survived under these conditions and are probably better people .

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    • In the olden days Dawn women did not show and tell! Everyone thinks violence in the home is on the rise! No it’s not, we have always had the problem,,it just out in the open now! This Nation was founded on violence which was never addressed.

  9. Take the domestic away and what you have is violence! If these men attacked random women they would be in prison! More funding is needed for shelter and help with accessing legal services!

  10. Seriously what can the government do. It does start at the beginning in the home. Boys should be taught to respect all women and women should be told they do not have to put up with being abused by men. I know some pare going to say it’s not that simple but what else can we do. It’s always going to be here and until the men are locked up and the women speak up it will continue to happen.

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