Cage Fighting - Melbourne (10.11.2015)

Written on the 12 November 2015

 

Cage fighting

10 November 2015

COUNCIL 

Members statements 

GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)

What a shambolic state of affairs we have in the state of Victoria when the very person who is responsible for the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 supports children being able to attend the spectacle and brutality of cage fighting.

This weekend's Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event allows children to attend and the Andrews government supports them doing so - despite the fact that the Victorian branch of the Australian Medical Association, Victoria Police, the Australian of the year, Rosie Batty, and the Crime Victims Support Association questioned the need for such a competition.

Anyone who has seen images of blood spurting from competitors' faces, twisted limbs and the looks of pain on those faces should be outraged that children in Victoria will be able to attend these events.

What does it say to children for them to be in a live forum watching this level of violence?

It indicates to children that brutal fighting like this is okay. It is sending a terrible message to families and children that extreme violence is now family entertainment. What makes it more confusing is that UFC DVDs have MA 15+ ratings that is, not suitable for people under 15 years of age. Not only is there regulation on watching UFC DVDs, but there is also this mixed message from the government.

The Andrews government is sending a mixed message to the Victorian community. On the one hand we have a Royal Commission into Family Violence, but on the other hand the government thinks it is okay for children to attend the brutal event of cage fighting. The minister is completely out of step with community expectations on this issue, as we seek to educate children about respectful relationships and seek to eliminate violence, especially family violence, within our communities.

 

 

Cage fighting

10 November 2015

COUNCIL 

Questions without notice 

GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)

My question is to the Minister for Families and Children. Dr Phil West, initiator and co-founder of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, has issued a plea to the government to stop the violence of cage fighting. He states in his open letter to the Premier, copied to you:

In the past few weeks our state has witnessed shocking violence, including children killed, a war veteran murdered and a horrific alleged gang rape by savage brutes against a 14-year-old girl.

In cage fighting, one person can be cowering on the ground while being savagely and repeatedly punched in the head and face (up to seven or eight times: left, right, left, right) by their opponent, who is sitting on their legs and groin rendering them unable to get up.

There are no age restrictions on attendance. Mr Premier, you will be allowing children to watch this violence. Such exposure will normalise violence and hatred in the minds of vulnerable and impressionable children and desensitise them to cruelty.

I ask the minister: in her capacity as the minister responsible for the safety and wellbeing of Victorian children, is it in the best interests of Victorian children that they can attend a brutal and bloody cage fighting match this weekend?

 

 

Cage fighting

10 November 2015

COUNCIL 

Questions without notice 

GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)

The minister says it is the parents' responsibility to make the decision if their children attend. However, there are lots of situations which the state determines children should be prevented from attending; for example, gaming venues and licensed premises.

So I ask: why is the minister prepared to exclude children from people gambling and drinking but not violently beating the living daylights out of each other?

 

 

Cage fighting

11 November 2015

COUNCIL 

Questions without notice 

GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)

I thank the minister for her answer, and I ask: has any guidance been provided through the minister or her department to foster, kinship or residential carers in relation to attending violent activities such as cage fighting, which may result in physical or psychological harm to children in the state's care?

As the minister responsible for the child protection system, and effectively the parent of children in out-of-home care in Victoria, will the children under her care be prohibited from attending the violent, brutal and bloody cage fighting event in Victoria this weekend?

My question is to the Minister for Families and Children.

As the minister responsible for the child protection system and effectively the parent of children in out-of-home care in Victoria, will children under her care be prohibited from attending the violent, brutal and bloody cage fighting event in Victoria this weekend?

 


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