If as a society, we are willing to undermine the very foundations which underpin civilized society and which are designed to restrain bad behavior, we can only expect more, not less, crime in Victoria. Marriage, gender nonsense, same-sex adoption, LGBT indoctrination of children, $1.9b anti-family programs. What next?
Australian Associated Press
May 2nd 2017
"Victoria will slash consultancies and other spending to fund what it says is the largest family violence prevention budget in Australian history.
The 2017/18 state budget delivers $1.9 billion to tackle what Premier Daniel Andrews calls the biggest "crisis" facing Australia.
New child protection staff will be recruited, new courts established, and safety hubs will be built for at-risk women and children to get help faster.
"This will not just change lives. This will save lives," Treasurer Tim Pallas told reporters on Tuesday.
"It is more money directed in this budget to family violence than all of the budgets of all the states and territories and the Commonwealth combined."
Mr Pallas said $1.3 billion will be rerouted from the public sector to pay for the family violence initiatives.
"It's effectively redirecting the effort of government," Mr Pallas said.
"We could have taken the easy route of adding to our revenue base by putting a family violence charge on the community, but we've chosen not to do that."
The government will reduce "consultancies and other forms of outgoings" to pay for it.
While it won't affect frontline services, there will be "some pain associated with this", Mr Pallas said.
Domestic Violence Victoria chief executive Fiona McCormack said the money would help victims and put the focus on perpetrators.
"The government is sending a message to men who use violence that there will be much more accountability," Ms McCormack told reporters.
Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry acting chief executive Bryce Prosser said the focus on social issues, such as family violence, would boost the confidence of businesses to invest and grow.
The biggest investment is $448.1 million for 17 support and safety hubs for women and children to escape to, and to get them in faster contact with social services and crisis housing.
Victoria will establish five new specialist family violence courts at a cost of $269.4 million over the next four years.
That will include an upgrade of the archaic 1980s computer system still being used by the Magistrates' Court and Family Court.
Some 450 new child protection workers will also be recruited under the plan."