November 25, 2014
The Nationals Parliamentary team has pledged to do their bit to help Australia rid itself of domestic violence.
All MPs and Senators came together at Parliament House this morning for White Ribbon Day, where they took the oath never to commit or ignore violence against women.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, a White Ribbon Day Ambassador, said all Australians had a responsibility to help end domestic violence.
“White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for the entire nation to come together and show we will never accept any form of violence against women,” Mr Chester.
“It is well known that Gippsland women are over-represented in domestic violence figures. We can do more and we must do more to stamp this out in our community.
“This starts by our community leaders making it clear there is no acceptable level of verbal, physical and psychological abuse against women.”
Mr Chester said there was bipartisan support across the Parliament to eliminate domestic violence.
“Today I also attended a White Ribbon Day breakfast, attended by the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and senior Australian Defence Force personnel, who all reiterated our communities will stand firm and say no to violence in our homes and workplaces,” Mr Chester said.
Today is also International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.