Page 63 - Sandgate Guide December Issue
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 The Palaszczuk Government has committed to getting coercive control right as an election commitment. Coercive control is an important issue, and happens where an abuser uses a long-term pattern of domination designed to reduce the agency of their victim.
Few governments have successfully legislated against coercive control and where they have, conviction rates are extremely low. This process will be done in partnership with the domestic violence and legal experts, and will include training for first responders and service providers, a community awareness campaign, and a consultation process.
The Palaszczuk Labor Government will also work with Share the Dignity (a national charity, which is based here in Sandgate) to provide vending machines with free tampons and pads at 120 schools across the state. All Queensland schools, including independent and Catholic schools, can register to be part of the program, with schools most in need given priority.
We all know sanitary products aren’t luxury items – they’re a necessity. This will give students the dignity they deserve, and help them feel more confident and stress-free during their time at school.
Christmas is coming. Are you going to enjoy some time with your family? Do you have a message for the Sandgate community?
With the Budget being handed down in early December and Parliamentary Estimates to follow in the two weeks after, myself and the Government will be working right up to Christmas. Following those long and important weeks, it will be even more enjoyable to spend time with my wife and children.
To the Sandgate community I want to say thank you for your support through what has been a difficult year for so many of us. Thank you for listening to the advice of health experts. I wish you and your family a very happy holiday.

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