Cage fighting (18.03.2015)
Written on the 18 March 2015
18 March 2015
GEORGIE CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan)
My question is to the Minister for Families and Children.
As the minister responsible for the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005, I refer the minister to the Herald Sun article of 14 March 2015 relating to Victoria's first official cage fight, and I quote:
The crowd mostly men but also including a woman with a baby and some children cheered and barracked during the six fights
Is it the view of the Andrews Labor government that babies and children attending brutal and bloody cage fighting matches is in the best interests of Victorian children?
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On a point of order, President, I seek your guidance as to the relevance of Coco Pops when we are talking about the very serious issue of the violence and brutality of cage fighting.
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I thank the minister for her answer to the question.
I am not sure that I am going to get a satisfactory answer to this one, as I think she has abrogated responsibility in this very important area, when we have images of a very brutal and violent sport, with men with blood all over them.
So I ask in my supplementary question:
In the minister's capacity as minister responsible for the safety and wellbeing of children, what action has she taken or will she take to ensure that children are not exposed to this brutal activity?
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On a point of order, President, I have to absolutely dispute the assertion that I have had a detailed briefing on this issue from the minister, and I would ask her to . . .