Labor Ministers like to talk about the need to end the silence on family violence, but when the opportunity comes to take a genuine stand for Victorian women they refuse to act.
In extraordinary scenes at the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) today, Labor has silenced Opposition questioning on John Setka's ongoing position on a paid Andrews Government board that’s overseeing the Government’s ‘Women in Construction’ strategy.
Under questioning by Opposition Committee Member Bridget Vallence, Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams claimed she could not answer questions on John Setka’s appointment as there are matters currently before the courts.
When pressed on the matter, Labor MP and Committee Chair Philip Dalidakis intervened to prevent Ms Vallence from asking further questions by silencing her microphone.
This is how men in the Labor Party behave – happy to silence a woman trying to speak up about protecting women.
It’s another day, another opportunity for a Labor Minister to call out violence against women and another Labor Minister who's refused. Emma Kealy MP
Shadow Minister for Women