No consultation on important Bill

24 October 2018

Yesterday the Domestic and Family Violence Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill 2017 was before Parliament. Sadly, the Territory is plagued by epidemic levels of domestic and family violence, and has been for generations.

The debate on the legislation will continue in Parliament today, Wednesday 24 October.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Lia Finocchiaro said that domestic and family violence is a blight on the Northern Territory, and as lawmakers, Parliamentarians have responsibility to legislate for the good of the community, including our most vulnerable.

"The Opposition supports the intent of this Bill, however we have concerns that the amendments do not adequately protect victims and may have unintended consequences.

"Domestic and family violence is a huge issue in our community and as a lawmakers, we need to ensure we are doing everything we can to support and empower victims.

"This Bill is being rushed through in isolation without consultation with the very people it is designed to help.

"The Opposition’s great concern is that because the government has failed to consult, the domestic and family violence sector has not had a chance to review these amendments, and the sector, the very people who are at the coalface dealing with this epidemic, should be given that opportunity.

"In a great display of arrogance the government used its numbers to vote down sending this bill to a scrutiny committee for no reason other than because it can.

"I continue my calls to the Labor government to refer the Bill back to the Scrutiny Committee, and hence, an opportunity for consultation," said Ms Finocchiaro.