Member for Buderim Steve Dickson has welcomed the opportunity for local residents to have their say on a plan to tackle domestic and family violence in Queensland.
Mr Dickson said the consultation paper released by the LNP allows discussion to begin on a proposed scheme modelled on the United Kingdom’s Clare’s Law, currently being trialled in New South Wales.
He said Clare’s Law allowed access to vital information about someone’s violent past and crimes.
“I’m urging local residents to get involved in the consultation process and provide their feedback,” Mr Dickson said.
“The time is right for the Buderim community to be part of a meaningful conversation about the scourge of domestic violence.
“Only by working together, can we develop effective policy to lead the way in stamping out this insidious crime.
“Today, my office has contacted some key local organisations to bring this opportunity to their attention.”
Sunshine Coast Safe Communities President Ron Hutchins said, “After being alerted to the opportunity to contribute to the discussion paper by Member for Buderim Steve Dickson, we have contacted Women's Action Group and have decided to form a sub-committee between the two organisations to examine the proposed law. We are pleased that there are new initiatives to tackle the problem of domestic violence in our community. Although many of us are aware of the problem it is not always clear how violence can be tackled or more importantly, how it can be prevented. The "Clare’s Law" concept at first sight appears to be a possible way for both women and men to avoid relationships with previously violent partners. This could be a good opportunity to think these through and to form a community consensus on its introduction or possible modification."
Clare’s Law was initially set up in the United Kingdom after a woman named Clare Wood was murdered by her former partner. In the course of the investigation it was discovered he had a violent past that had it been known by the victim or her family may have saved her life.
It means a person, their friends or family members who had a concern about his or her partner, would be able to make an application to the police for information on whether that person has a history of domestic violence or sexual offences.
Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said the LNP was committed to tackling domestic and family violence and the release of the consultation paper is a follow up to the work of the “Not Now, Not Ever” report from Dame Quentin Bryce.
To provide feedback please complete the on-line form at: www.clareslawqld.com