Legislative Council: Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Domestic and Family Violence

The Hon. L.A. HENDERSON (15:34): I seek leave to make a brief explanation prior to addressing a question to the Attorney-General regarding court resources.

Leave granted.

The Hon. L.A. HENDERSON: Following the utterly unacceptable and brutal deaths of four South Australian women in a single week, the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence was quoted on 23 November as saying:

All of these deaths were preventable [and] we are determined to help advance change that means men do not harm women.

In light of these comments, my question to the Attorney-General is: will the Attorney-General and his government consider providing additional resources to the Courts Administration Authority to prioritise charges of domestic and gender-based violence?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:35): I thank the honourable member for her question. Nothing has been brought to my attention that the way courts operate has resulted in the tragic deaths that we have seen over the last couple of weeks. This is certainly something that this government takes very seriously. There are a number of legislative changes that we have made.

I know that the minister, Katrine Hildyard, in another place has been setting up facilities to look at doing more in terms of hubs in the north and the south and almost a dozen regional hubs in relation to domestic violence. I am sure that my colleague Minister Katrine Hildyard in another place will continue to make every effort possible to protect women and protect survivors of family and domestic violence.