Members Statement – McAuley Community Services for Women

Mr CARROLL (Niddrie) — On Sunday, 27 February, I attended the inaugural Fed Up Lunch, held at Flemington Racecourse. The Fed Up Lunch raised over $30 000 for McAuley Community Services for Women, the only organisation of its kind in Victoria, which provides 24/7 shelter and support for women and children escaping family
violence and an organisation that proudly services Melbourne’s west. There has been a lot of discussion in recent times on how we can solve the issue of family violence. I am proud to be a member of the Andrews Labor government, which is taking decisive action on the issue through the Royal Commission into Family Violence. There is a lot to be said, however, for individuals and groups who have taken it upon themselves to say enough is enough and make their own contribution to ending this scourge on our society.

Michael Jones, the digital operations manager at Sportsbet was walking to work last year in April when he heard McAuley Community Services for Women CEO Jocelyn Bignold on radio, speaking of the then 61 000 reported cases of family violence that had occurred in 2013 and the deaths of 70 Australian women in that time. He was so shocked by those numbers that he brought together a group of like‑minded mates, and together over 10 months they devised an event called the Fed Up Lunch. The result was five Victorian mates who were fed up with family violence raising money for McAuley so it could continue to assist women and children escaping family violence and educate hundreds of prominent Victorians on the impact of family violence on our community.

I would like to put on the record my thanks to Michael Jones, Toby Potter, Peter Fraser, Scott Walker and Nick Poole for organising this great event, as well as Claire March, and for their advocacy on this important issue. I also want to congratulate Jocelyn Bignold, CEO of McAuley Community Services for Women. I look forward to continuing to work with McAuley in the future and attending next year’s event.

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