‘No idea’: MP moved to tears over domestic violence speech

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A Coalition MP has pledged to dedicate her time in federal parliament to ending domestic violence in a moving speech on the issue.

Queensland LNP MP Karen Andrews was moved to tears in the House of Representatives as she shared her experience of watching someone she loved go through a domestic abuse situation.

Ms Andrews said an Australian woman is believed to be killed every year by a violent, controlling man she knows and that one in four women have experienced physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner.

“In all likelihood, we all know many of these victims,” she said Wednesday.

“And unfortunately, I am one of those who had to wait for the texts to come in and for the phone messages to come in.

“And the phone calls are much worse, wondering if someone you love is still alive.”

Coalition MP Karen Andrews got emotional in the Federal Parliament when speaking out about domestic abuse in Australia.  News Corp Australia
Camera iconCoalition MP Karen Andrews got emotional in the Federal Parliament when speaking out about domestic violence in Australia. News Corp Australia Credit: Provided
Ms Andrews said:
Camera iconMs Andrews said: ‘For people who haven’t been through it, you can’t have any idea. News Corp Australia Credit: Provided

Ms Andrews, Opposition Critic for Child Protection and Domestic Violence Prevention, delivered the speech ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Friday.

She has vowed to use her remaining time in Parliament to work to end domestic violence in Australia.

“For those who haven’t been through it, you can’t have any idea,” she said.

Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth told parliament the government is committed to having a country free of gender-based violence.

“To live free from violence is a basic human right,” she said.

Last month, Commonwealth and State and Territory governments agreed on a 10-year national plan to tackle violence against women and children.

Ms Rishworth said on Wednesday the plan would serve as a guide for governments to eradicate the problem “within a generation”.

She said Labor had also passed legislation providing for paid family and domestic violence leave and would implement all the recommendations of the Respect@Work report, including legislating a positive duty on employers to provide places work free from harassment.

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