The Morrison Government has responded to calls from thousands of Australians who have demanded more time to review the Draft National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022-2032. Source: SBS News.
In a statement to SBS News, a spokesperson for the Minister for Social Services, Anne Ruston, confirmed Australians will now receive four weeks to provide feedback on the draft plan.
“Minister Ruston contacted state and territory ministers who make up the Women’s Safety Taskforce over the weekend and they have jointly agreed to extend the timeline for public comment by four weeks, particularly in light of the COVID-related workforce pressure the sector is under,” the spokesperson said.
On Friday, the Government released the draft plan that aims to set the foundation for a decade-long commitment to eliminate domestic and gender-based violence in the country.
But only two weeks had been provided for Australians to provide feedback on the 75-page report, with the consultation period initially ending on January 31.
The tight deadline had caused anger from activists, domestic violence groups and victim-survivors.
Almost 8000 people signed an open letter calling on the government to extend the deadline to at least six weeks to ensure affected women have sufficient time to read and provide their insights into the plan.
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Good Shepherd Statement on Draft National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032 (Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand)