The horrific death of Tara Costigan last weekend has sent shockwaves through the Canberra community.
So many people have been affected by this tragedy, and I am incredibly proud of the way Canberrans have rallied together to raise more than $80,000 for Tara’s three children who have been left without a mother.
This week I received an email from a woman whose children attend the same school as Tara’s children.
We cannot stop thinking about what Tara’s two boys saw last Saturday.
They will never, ever get over it.
They will have that memory etched in their brains forever, flashing back to that moment for the rest of their lives.
We cannot stop thinking about the newborn baby who is being cradled and fed by family members, but will never feel the loving arms of her mother.
We cannot stop thinking about Tara.
We are begging you – please take action to stop this from happening to another woman.
Tara’s tragic death has reminded us that we must tackle family violence, and we must tackle it now.
Family violence is the leading cause of injury and death in Australian women under 45 years old, and more than two women are murdered by an intimate partner every single week.
It happens everywhere, every day and affects women of every age, income, postcode, religion and race.
We have to stand together for Tara Costigan’s three children, and for the more than 130,000 Australian women who have been victims of violence by a current or a previous partner in the last 12 months alone.
That’s why I welcomed and applauded Bill Shorten for launching Labor’s national policy on family violence this week.
Australia needs strong leadership from our politicians, community, business and sporting leaders and policy makers on this issue.
We need to adopt a zero tolerance approach and we need to call out family violence when we see it.
It is a blight on our society and we must act now.
Because as the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison has said “the standard you walk past is the standard you accept”.
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