It is White Ribbon Day today, a critical campaign seeking to bring to an end any form of violence against women here in Australia and overseas. In my view, a tolerant and civilised society which respects the rights of the individual has absolutely no place for violence against women, or children. This morning, 700 people marked the day at the Convention Centre at the annual White Ribbon Day breakfast, including our incoming Chancellor Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce.
As a University community we are leading in some small way by including a special leave provision for those affected by domestic violence in the new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. It saddens me that we should need to have such a clause, but until we see zero tolerance of this behaviour across the country it is important that we provide support wherever we can.
The responsibility rests with each and every one of us to speak out against domestic violence – at home, at work and in the community.