The Australian Government needed to make the funding of a domestic violence hotline a top priority, federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, said today.
“The Australian Government needs to take urgent steps to reduce domestic violence, starting with the immediate establishment of national hotline and register,’’ Mr Palmer said.
“Addressing domestic violence is one of the most urgent and serious issues faced by Australian society.
“The Federal Government is committing plenty of rhetoric to the problem, but really needs commit funds in the order of $1 billion each year to make a meaningful difference.”
Mr Palmer said the funds should be used to establish and maintain a domestic violence hotline and unit in each state giving victims immediate access to police, legal, medical and counselling services.
“We hear the Prime Minister asking for ideas, well this is an idea that should be put into action immediately,’’ Mr Palmer said.
“One billion dollars works out less than $50 per Australian per year, which is a small price to pay for such an important issue. There is no excuse for the Government not to be acting,’’ he said.