The Weatherill Labor Government has not yet released a discussion paper on domestic violence reform despite promising to do so more than four months ago.
Clare’s Law was introduced in the UK in 2013, and allows a person to make inquiries about their partner if they are concerned that their partner may have previously been violent or abusive.
On 25th November last year – White Ribbon Day – Premier Weatherill announced that he would release a discussion paper on domestic violence disclosure, similar to Clare’s Law:
“A discussion paper will be released for comment next year seeking community views on an appropriate model for a domestic violence disclosure scheme in South Australia and also identify other potential areas of reform.” (Media Release, 25/11/2015)
However, nearly four months later – and three months into the new year – and no discussion paper has been released.
Last week Attorney-General John Rau introduced a Bill which included changes to intervention orders, with some minor amendments, but no substantive reform.
“Why has it taken so long for Premier Weatherill to release this discussion paper?” asked Acting Shadow Minister for Women Vickie Chapman.
“Domestic violence is a scourge on our society and it is critical that we take urgent action to address this very serious issue.
“Any measure that prevents domestic violence or increases protection for domestic violence victims is worth investigation and consideration.
“The State Liberals are committed to working with the Weatherill Labor Government on developing a model of Clare’s Law for South Australia.”