Ahead of International Women’s Day, the New South Wales government has taken a solid stance against domestic violence and sexual assault.
NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced a package of reforms targeting domestic violence.
The minister for women would take on a dual role as the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault if the Liberal party is re-elected on March 28.
Under a re-elected Coalition state government, current Minister for Women Pru Goward would assume the role — becoming the state’s first Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Fairfax Media reports.
“There is a plague in our state that we need to eradicate and that is domestic violence and sexual assault,” Mr Baird told the Sydney International Women’s Day Breakfast this morning.
“Every single week we lose someone amongst us to domestic violence. And incredibly this year it has actually spiked, so that is a clear reminder we have to do more.”
Channel Nine reports this will also be the first appointment of its kind in Australia.
NSW Premier Mike Baird says this is the first ministerial position addressing the issue in Australia. @TheTodayShow
— Chris Urquhart (@chrisurquhart) March 5, 2015