The Ferny Report – March 2020

From State Member for Ferny Grove Mark Furner MP

MArk Furner MP

Yes, all men

The brutal killing of Hannah Clarke and her three children in Camp Hill last month has brought into sharp focus the uncomfortable truth that for all our progress as a society, domestic violence remains a horrifying and persistent reality.

On 28 February 2015 the Palaszczuk Government received the Not Now, Not Ever report authored by Dame Quentin Bryce. Since that day we have, as a state government, strengthened legislative, police and judicial responses, enhanced services available and allocated funding of over $300 million.

This is still not enough. The most important change which is needed is a shift in attitudes and behaviours.

Last year 61 women were violently killed by their partners or ex partners in Australia – often while attempting to leave those relationships. At the time of writing, another nine women have been killed.

Some people have offered excuses or possible motivations for this violence. Some public commentary has even suggested that trying to put an end to violence against women condemns all men as violent. This is not true.

What is true is the simple fact that 95% of all the violent deaths in this country are committed by men. So, while not all men are violent it is impossible to deny the overwhelming majority of violent deaths in Australia are committed by men.

It is time for we as men to stand up and speak out; to accept there are no excuses; and to say, ‘We will not tolerate violence against women anymore’.

Yes, all men.

Mark Furner with Terri Butler MP and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer at a Red Rose Rally in Brisbane last month.

Ferny Grove State High School needs your help

The $12 million upgrade to Ferny Grove State High School’s performing arts and sports complex is now in doubt due to the refusal of Brisbane City Council to even allow access to the site.

The project is fully funded and is ready to go along with new lighting for the oval which will be the new home for Arana Touch Football. At the time of writing the entire project is on hold. Please show your support to the school by signing the petition to allow the new complex to be built at: www.bit.ly/2uOWUsi

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