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Watson calls for 'coercive control' action


Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson MP, has renewed her calls for the NSW Government to make coercive control a stand-alone criminal offence in New South Wales.

On Tuesday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a $363million package of reforms to address domestic and family violence, which includes introducing new legislation to criminalise coercive control in Queensland by the end of 2023.

“On the back of this announcement, I sincerely hope that the Perrottet Government follows suit and finally takes the appropriate steps to criminalise coercive control in New South Wales as soon as possible.”

“It’s been almost 5 months since Attorney General, Mark Speakman, announced that the NSW Government was committed to supporting 17 recommendations from the ‘Report on Coercive Control in Domestic Relationships’ which was tabled to the Joint Select Committee on Coercive Control in June of last year” said Ms Watson.

“One of those recommendations was to criminalise coercive control in New South Wales, during this term of Parliament.”

“Yet the clock is ticking and the NSW Government has maintained radio silence on this issue since this announcement was made on 21 December 2021” said Ms Watson.

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