Mr NORTHE (Morwell) — I am pleased to rise to speak on this take-note motion this afternoon. In doing so, firstly, I welcome the comments by all members of Parliament. It is one of those situations where there is strong bipartisan support. There have been some very emotive contributions and very sound contributions, and I think all of us in this house certainly want to see some of the issues around family violence addressed. My good friend the member for Hawthorn, an ex-Traralgon resident, made a great contribution, I thought, in stating the fact that it is not necessarily always up to government itself to address the issues around family violence; it is the community as a whole. We are not going to make any inroads or dents in the incidence of family violence unless there is buy-in from the whole of the community. That is certainly something that has been recognised, I think, by respective governments and hopefully we can find a way forward into the future. Thursday, 26 November 2015, in this Parliament was a fantastic occasion. It was a very sad occasion and, again, a very emotional occasion. You can only pay tribute to the courage of all the speakers who stood up in this place and spoke for the first time in such a forum and did it so well and so passionately. I do not think I have ever seen the Assembly pay so much attention to the speakers of the day, and again I endorse the comments of the member for Hawthorn that it was a fantastic occasion in that respect. But as the member for Frankston said, it certainly hit home and gave you a real sense of what victims experience when they go through such a thing. It is just an awful, terrible, cowardly deed, and the courage of those people who spoke on the day was something very profound. Rosie Batty has been mentioned a lot in dispatches, and rightly so. She is held in the highest regard. Indeed a couple of weeks before she spoke in Parliament, along with her colleagues, she was in Traralgon and spoke at the business breakfast — absolutely the largest ever Gippsland business breakfast I have seen in my life. Hundreds of people attended this breakfast to listen to her speak about her journey and story, and importantly, I think, about some of the work she has done and continues to do at the moment. The audience again was fixated on her journey and what she had done. Unfortunately from my local community point of view we do see a significant amount of the scourge of family violence. Whilst I am absolutely proud to represent my community in this place, I am actually not proud of the statistics that exist in our region with respect to family violence. Unfortunately in my community the incidence of family violence is very high. It is not a statistic that we should be proud of. It is not something that we should be comfortable about, and we have to do all that we can to make sure we minimise that. By the same token I am actually proud of my community because there are many who are really trying to make a difference. Whether it is Quantum Support Services, who are delivering family services, Gippsland Women’s Health or Victoria Police, a whole range of service providers are doing wonderful things in trying to make a difference in our community. It is important we do have events such as White Ribbon Day, where males such as me, male members of Parliament, and male leaders in the community can stand up and say, ‘This is wrong’. Those who perpetrate violence against women or children are nothing but cowards, and that should be the way they are named. Hopefully in the future that will make a dent. Just last week I was pleased to be at an announcement of the multidisciplinary centre in Morwell, where we have Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault and policing department people addressing family violence incidents, which are horrible, in our community. The DEPUTY SPEAKER — Order! The time for consideration of items on the government business program has expired and I am required to interrupt business. The honourable member will have the call when this matter is next before the house.