Cage Fighting (12.2.2015)
Written on the 18 February 2015
Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan)
My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Families and Children, Ms Mikakos. I am glad that Ms Mikakos is in the chamber this evening. I am not sure if she will be able to provide the advice I am seeking, but I will be very grateful to receive it in due course.Earlier this week I asked a question of the minister on the risks of cage fighting to Victorian families and children. I believe I did not receive a satisfactory answer so I raise this same important issue here this evening. The minister is well aware that she has legislative responsibility for the Child and Wellbeing Safety Act 2005, in which the first fundamental principle of the act is:society as a whole shares responsibility for promoting the wellbeing and safety of children;
I took the advice of her colleague Mr Somyurek and searched the internet on Google for references to cage fighting and children. Mr Somyurek is quite the expert on Google, as we have heard this week.
I was alarmed to find in an article in the Mirror online an outline of the disturbing effects on children of cage fighting.
Experts described it in that article as barbaric. Similarly, in the US, where kicking and punching above the collarbone is banned, strangling in cage fighting bouts is allowed for children, with some as young as six years old.
I find this abhorrent.
I believe this issue is relevant to the minister's portfolio, and the action I seek is for her to provide advice on Labor's policy of legalising cage fighting so that the Victorian community can be assured that cage fighting will not be a risk to the wellbeing and safety of Victorian children.