A national summit is on the cards to address violence against women as the PM deals with a political storm over the treatment of women.
A national summit on violence against women will be discussed at a meeting of Women’s Safety Ministers next month, as the federal government deals with a political storm over rape claims.
The summit was due to unfold in May last year to inform the next national plan to reduce violence against women and their children, but was delayed by the pandemic.
Social Services Minister Anne Ruston told Senate estimates on Thursday the prospect of a summit will be discussed at an upcoming meeting of women’s safety ministers on April 7.
“This is probably the first meeting of women’s safety ministers when we are resuming more of a normal agenda and so we will be seeking to look at a whole heap of these issues,” Senator Ruston told the hearing.
It comes as the Prime Minister was grilled this week about the government’s handling of allegations involving former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins and historic rape allegations made about Attorney-General Christian Porter, which are strongly denied.
Thousands of people across the nation also turned out, calling for action against gendered violence in parliament after Ms Higgins came out about her alleged rape.
The current national 12-year plan to reduce violence against women and their children was initiated by the Gillard government.
Scott Morrison pledged in February last year to a further national plan when the current one expires next year and consultation for that, including a summit, is being finalised.
The summit will hear from community leaders, state representatives and family violence experts in a bid to frame new aims to tackle violence.
Women’s Minister Marise Payne and Senator Ruston have also established a parliamentary inquiry looking into family, domestic and sexual violence, the results of which will also inform the next national plan.