PM calls for cultural change to end violence against women

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for a significant cultural change in Australia to address violence against women, during a speech at a White Ribbon Day event at Parliament House in Canberra.

Mr Turnbull said it was absolutely critical every man who respected his wife or partner sets an example for the young males in their lives.

“The answer lies within all of us men to make this change. We have to lead by example and the most important place to lead by example is with our children and our grandchildren.”


He said, in his opinion, not all disrespect of women ended up in violence against women but that was where all violence against women began.

The prime minister said White Ribbon Day was a time to pay a special tribute to the victims of domestic violence, past and present, who had borne “the burden of our failure to act for too long”.

 Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten used the occasion to announce that a Labor government would include five days paid domestic and family violence leave in the National Employment Standards.

The NES provide a statutory baseline for all employees covered by the national workplace relations system.

Labor will work with unions and business to discuss the rollout of the leave.

*National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.
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