Rosie Batty criticises government over domestic violence funding

Rosie Batty has criticised the government over domestic violence funding, describing how she found it disturbing how the government could
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Rosie Batty has criticised the government over domestic violence funding, describing how she found it disturbing how the government could find $180 million for a plebiscite but not for domestic violence.

She told the ABC that people needed to keep pressure on the government.

“I think there are other challenges that take their time, but … what was really disturbing to me is how readily the issue of the plebiscite was put on the agenda, and $180 million found for that type of initiative, and when you’re talking of the struggles to find any funding for legal, systemic reform, I find that incredulous, very confronting,” she said.

While she welcomed a $30 million government commitment to frontline legal services for women, she believed more was required.

“I think that money and that funding will definitely be appreciated and be put to very valuable work, but we’re already talking of a really seriously underfunded service, seriously underfunded,” she said.

“If you visit a country area, and I’ve recently been in Broken Hill, if you see the degree of work that happens on the smell of an oily rag, with perhaps in some instances one lawyer covering a whole area.”

You might be wondering where her comments are coming from?

Well, Ms Batty has been at the COAG summit on family violence in Brisbane.

There she discussed a campaign for reforms to laws surrounding the Family Court.

One of those laws relates to perpetrators of domestic violence being allowed to cross-examine their victims in court.

She told the ABC it was a “very small, but very significant change”.

“There are many others that need to be implemented but I feel that this will be a really good first step, particularly from the Attorney-General’s Department, to acknowledge this has to stop and there are solutions, and we need to make it happen,” Ms Batty said.

She also spoke about awareness of the issue of domestic violence, stating that it had definitely improved.


“I think there’s been a conversation that started which has led to cultural awareness, but I think we have a long way to go,” she said.

“We are at least seeing some change. And I think that gives me a lot of hope and inspiration, because I do travel around Australia a lot, and I do feel that there is an awareness that’s being raised and a genuine conversation that hasn’t happened before.

“But you know, as a cultural change, we’ve still got a long way to go.”

What do you think of Rosie Batty’s comments? Do you agree with what she said?

  1. Bill  

    I totally disagree.

    Firstly, the plebisite is a more important vote than the monarchy referendum was.
    Secondly, it’s not just domestic violence. It’s coward punches, kicking someone when they’re on the ground, bad temper over trivial traffic issues and the list goes on. Starting with Whitlam gov’t we’ve bred a new generation that grew up without discipline and without any sense of responsibility for their own actions – all aided by armies of bleeding hearts ready to justify antisocial behaviour as someone else’s fault.
    Thirdly, let’s stop whitewashing the demographics. According to the Courier Mail a while back the highest rate of DV is in lesbian relationships. I suppose it’s not PC to say that. Second highest incidence is the Aboriginal community and the media tell us alcohol is a major factor. Remember when Joh wouldn’t allow Aboriginals to have alcohol because he said they couldn’t handle it? Maybe he was right and the bleeding hearts were wrong.
    Lastly, start teaching personal responsibility and accountability, that every child doesn’t win a prize, that breaking the rules/law comes with real penalties, that every unpleasant experience doesn’t need counselling and that society expects you to behave like an adult – not like a spoilt child.

    • roy hanfling  

      did you read it in the Courier Mail?
      or is it true?

  2. elena  

    It doesn’t have to be intelligent and well educated for a woman to detect that the man she has married or partner-shipped has become (or was) violent and or mentally unbalanced. Then she should have get out as soon as possible, doesn’t matter what and not having him on and off accordingly her personal convenience gratification, being economical and/or social. That sort of actions is immorally human.

  3. Pamela  

    Ah, Rosie on the batty bandwagon again!

    I was hoping she had faded into oblivion by now!

    • elena  

      Of course not, she would not fade into oblivion because she likes being POPULAR even if for a very heartbreaking tragedy from the past.

  4. ken goodman  

    I find it hard to understand why it will cost 180 million to get appx 15 million people to tick a piece of paper. Like the labour spend up on schools SOME people will make millions.

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