QUEENSLAND has confirmed, domestic violence reforms will be fast tracked, in the wake of a spate of fatal attacks.
Former governor-general Dame Quentin Bryce (pictured) will chair the council which will look to put into action a number of recommendations made by the Not Now, Not Ever report.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the appointment today, at the end of a week which saw three women die, allegedly at the hands of men they knew intimately.
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Dame Quentin described it as a “gravely disturbing week in Queensland”.
While the Premier said it had firmed her government’s resolve to act.
“Events of the past week have both shocked and galvanised the community,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“The Government has decided to immediately implement changes to the way police stations handle individual domestic violence complaints, we will fast-track the roll-out of 300 body-worn cameras on the Gold Coast, and we will take plans to implement a Death Review Panel to Cabinet on Monday.”
Cabinet will also urgently consider the introduction of a Death Review Panel, to identify where current processes have failed women.
“These new initiatives, on which we have worked closely with the Police Commissioner, will provide checks and balances on their over-the-counter dealings with victims of domestic violence, to ensure we are offering the most appropriate responses.”
The government has also announced that Beenleigh and Logan will be the first trial site of a new, integrated response to domestic violence to work with the existing Gold Cost integrated response to ensure a systematic approach right across the region.
“This means that the many links in the chain – police, hospitals, domestic violence services, corrections staff – everyone with a role to play in keeping a victim safe, and holding the perpetrator to account, are working to the same agreed approach.
“But I must stress that this is not up to the government alone. Domestic and family violence can only be eradicated if we respond as a community.
“Together we must insist on respectful relationships, together we must refuse to turn a blind eye to violence, and together we must say enough is enough. Only then can we truly put an end to these despicable and cowardly crimes.”
There are calls for Canberra to now tackle the issue of family violence with a bi-partisan national summit.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says urgent action is needed and wants the summit to be held on October 12.