Kyneton courthouse

Ms THOMAS (Macedon)  Can I first congratulate you, Deputy Speaker, on your election to this very important position.

The adjournment matter I wish to raise this evening is for the Attorney-General, and the action I seek is that the Attorney-General provide me with an update on the work being undertaken to make the Kyneton courthouse safer for victims of family violence. Since being elected I have joined with my community to raise awareness of and campaign against family violence. Safety at the courthouse has been a key concern, particularly for the Macedon Ranges safety committee, so I was delighted when the Attorney-General joined me last year to announce $1.2 million to redevelop the courthouse and for other security upgrades, including security officers and handheld scanning wands.

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, and it is important to take the time to acknowledge that family violence still is the biggest contributor to ill health and premature death in women aged 15 to 44 and that on average one Australian woman each week is killed by a current or former partner. That is why the Andrews Labor government established Australia’s first ever Royal Commission into Family Violence and why we are implementing each and every one of the royal commission’s 227 recommendations, including measures to ensure access to our justice system is safe for family violence victims.

I commend the Attorney-General on his initiatives to make Kyneton courthouse safe and on the other reforms he is leading across our justice system to better protect women and children from family violence. I look forward to receiving an update on progress on these important safety initiatives at Kyneton courthouse in my electorate.