Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence (18.08.2016)

Written on the 1 September 2016

 

18 August 2016

COUNCIL 

Members statements 

GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)

 

Just three months ago there was an announcement that the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence would be co-chairing the steering committee to implement the Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations. Reports today have now indicated that the minister has had 220 of the 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence taken off her by the Premier, which is more evidence that the Premier has a habit of disrespecting his female colleagues.

We have seen that with the sidelining of the former Minister for Emergency Services, Jane Garrett, and now the dumping of the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson, from this important role.

When ABC's Australian Story did a feature piece on Minister Richardson earlier this year you could not safely stand between Daniel Andrews and the television cameras. Daniel Andrews was happy to use Minister Richardson and her family for base political gain, but now that she appears to be of less value to him he has sidelined her in favour of his right-hand man, Gavin Jennings. It is becoming patently clear that Daniel Andrews has a problem with strong women. He waxes lyrical about equality day in, day out, and this demonstrates that he is nothing but a hypocrite if he sidelines a senior female minister in the way that he has done in recent days.

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