White Ribbon Day

Read my speech to Parliament on White Ribbon Day and the importance of taking action to stop violence against women.

White Ribbon Day Speech

SA Parliament - Chris Picton MP - 19 November 2015

Mr PICTON: I would like to add my comments to commend this motion from the member for Fisher and to add my support for White Ribbon Day coming up and also White Ribbon Australia. I add to my comments last year, when I spoke about the importance of everybody in the community taking action on this issue.

Over the past year, there have been some developments in my community in the electorate of Kaurna that I would just like to note for the house. Over the last year, we have seen the development of the Aldinga/Sellicks Alliance Addressing Family Violence Working Group. They have been meeting since May this year to look at how we can take action to prevent family violence from happening, particularly in the Aldinga Beach and Sellicks Beach areas but also broadly across the southern suburbs.

I have been lucky enough to be able to get to one or two of their meetings and to look at ways that we can take action on this issue in the South. I am very pleased that tomorrow morning we have the inaugural White Ribbon breakfast in the Fleurieu region, and that is being hosted at the Victory Hotel. I will be there at 7am tomorrow morning for that.

Mr PENGILLY: So will I.

Mr PICTON: Excellent! Good to hear that the member for Finniss will also be there at the Victory Hotel. I think we are going to have a wide range of people from across the community coming along to share their support for ending family violence but also to help raise money. It will raise money not only for the White Ribbon foundation but also for a project to establish a photo voice project in the southern suburbs. That is going to help women affected by domestic violence not only by increasing awareness of the issue in the community but also to help those victims of domestic violence to use art and photos to express themselves and what they have been through.

I would also like to note that on 1 December in the South we have Lifeline's Domestic Violence Aware education session being run in the community. It is going to be at the Aldinga Community Centre. That will be an excellent opportunity for a whole range of people across the South to be educated on what to look out for and how to take action with regard to domestic violence. I know a lot of people are very interested in how, as a community, we can take action, so that seminar will be helpful.

I would like to briefly highlight the role of some people in the community who have been working on this through the Aldinga/Sellicks Alliance. I particularly note Malcolm Dean from Uniting Communities, who has been tireless in his work to get these projects underway. I do not think they would have happened without him, so I absolutely thank him.

I would also like to note others who have worked hard, notably: Matt Adams, Craig Cooper and Emma Cadd from the council, Lauren Jew and Tracey Hill from the Aldinga Beach Children's Centre, Carly Hamilton and Richard Schirmer from Community Health Onkaparinga, Trish Dundon and Margaret Connelly from the Galilee Catholic Parish, Carly Zammit from Southern Domestic Violence Service, Belinda Pollard from Communities for Children Onkaparinga and Amanda Kemperman and Clare Daly from Uniting Communities.

So, thank you to all of them for their hard work in the community on this issue. I also thank the Victory Hotel for hosting the breakfast tomorrow and for helping to raise money for this important issue.

It would be remiss of me not to note the hard work over a number of years of the Port Noarlunga Football Club on this issue, led by the very hardworking Tod Stokes. They have had a White Ribbon round every year for six years now. They are a very hardworking club, raising awareness particularly amongst men in the southern suburbs that this is everybody's responsibility and we all need to take action to prevent family violence.


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