What women’s ministers should ask: why decades of no progress on violence?

Quick policy measures won’t address violence against women. We need to figure out why everything else has failed first.

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Marise Payne, Scott Morrison and Amanda Stoker at the Cabinet Womens Task Force Meeting (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Yesterday’s photo of Morrison sitting between two women, ready to co-chair the women’s safety cabinet committee was the absolute high point of a whole series of messages reminding one not to write about this issue.

It came shortly after right-wing anti-union journalist-activist Aaron Patrick’s brainspray about journalism-activism in the AFR, Paul Kelly’s weekend dismissal of the “women’s movement” as a potential election issue, and Peter Van Wrongselen doing everything he does.

Gawd help us. But with state and federal women’s ministers meeting today and the prospect of another inquiry, there are a couple of things one feels the need to say.

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