Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan)  — My constituency question is to the Minister for Families and Children, the Honourable Jenny Mikakos. I note that we are currently observing National Child Protection Week. I want to praise the work of Bravehearts for raising awareness of this occasion and working towards making Australia a safer place for all children. There is no doubt that the Andrews Labor government is working to support our vulnerable families and those at risk of becoming involved with child protection or out-of-home care. A record $858 million was delivered in this year’s child protection budget to further improve outcomes for children in Victoria. But we still have a long way to go, and the national statistics highlight this. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2017 more than 1.4 million Australians were sexually abused before their 15th birthday, with 58 per cent assaulted for the first time before they turned 10 years old. My question for the minister is: what will a re-elected Andrews Labor government do to ensure that we are protecting children in Victoria, including in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region, particularly from sexual assault?


September 4 2018