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Paul Spooner, Labor candidate for Ballina

The level of breaches in AVO orders on the north coast is disturbing and warrants immediate attention. Luke Foley, NSW Labor leader, has confirmed that if elected Labor will ensure three key reforms to address domestic violence.

Firstly, Labor will untangle the mess left for women’s refuges seen with the Going Home Staying Home cutbacks. Shelters should not have funding cuts.

Secondly, Labor will overhaul penalties. It’s shameful that NSW laws for breaching domestic violence orders are the nation’s weakest. Only 12 per cent of people receive jail time and that’s for an average of four months. The most common penalty is a bond without supervision, little more than a slap on the wrist.

Thirdly, Labor will create specialist sexual assault and domestic violence courts. For domestic violence survivors, the benefits are clear. Cases will be handled more efficiently and in a timely manner.

These reforms will mean more successful prosecutions, convictions and sentencing. Domestic violence is an important community issue that needs to be taken seriously with a fresh approach.



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  1. So like most leftists Mr Spooner and his mate Mr Foley thinks that domestic violence only happens against women. He might want to address the dozens of suicides by men whose lives and families have been shattered by their selfish spouses abandoning their families for trivial reasons too. He might want to address the use of AVOs by women as a way of their getting revenge on their ex spouses. You know what they say about a woman scorned. He might also like to address the female centrist family court system that marginalises men, alienates them from their kids and sends them bankrupt to live in poverty while women get all the handouts and benefits.Or is he simply trying to attract the votes of the substantial single mother population of the northern rivers …? One could almost accuse him of reverse sexism in the context of his statement. All men should read what this bloke has said here. He wants more of you to go to jail.

  2. Specialist courts are a good idea. Nz family courts hold half day interim hearings. NSW Magistrates hold 2 minute interim hearings resulting in 7 times the number of interim orders per capita. Redefining violence add advocated by Harvard Law School academics so that is focused on real violence will remove the current stench that AVOS are just used because the Federal family courts are so busy. Thank goodness Labor has committed to real reform. This area has far too many Stott Despoja politicians using it as a football. Use the money from reform to enforce real orders against Cologne men and bring down the absurd number of AVOS being handed out by Magistrates is a great idea. Well done the party of Bill Shorten.


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