Domestic violence is no longer just a problem that happens behind closed doors, writes Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Last week, I attended the annual candle lighting vigil to honour the memory of domestic violence victims. It was a profoundly moving experience, particularly as we heard from survivors who bravely spoke out about their experiences, and the cycle they’d been trapped in.
Large crowds at the South Bank vigil, and at simultaneous events across Brisbane, Queensland and Australia were testament to the fact that domestic violence is no longer a problem that happens behind closed doors.
During the event, I sat with Dame Quentin Bryce, the head of the taskforce which produced the Not Now, Not Ever report into domestic violence. My government is now reviewing the report’s 140 recommendations to develop a long term strategy.
What is clear is that the community and government must work together to make violence against women and children totally unacceptable in our society.
World science fair
The Queensland Museum will host the World Science Festival Brisbane in March next year.
This is an exclusive agreement with the World Science Festival in New York, which is one of the world’s most exciting, prestigious and innovative science events.
Brisbane is now the only other city in the world with rights to this amazing event.
This is a chance to showcase Queensland’s latest innovations and scientific discoveries; work that is having a global impact.
The World Science Festival Brisbane will also include some of the best programming and biggest names from the New York event and I look forward to revealing the finalised guest list later this year.
Many people are already aware that Alan Alda of MASH and West Wing fame will be here as World Science Festival Board member.
Supported by the Queensland Government, the inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane will take science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries and performing arts venues of Brisbane and regional Queensland.
The 2016 World Science Festival Brisbane is expected to attract more than 27,000 direct visitor nights and contribute significantly to Queensland’s economy.
Hosting this festival reinforces our reputation as a premier event destination, which helps tourism grow and means more jobs for Queenslanders.
Image: Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman, Speaker of the Queensland Parliament Peter Wellington, Domestic Violence Taskforce Head Dame Quentin Bryce, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for Housing and Public Works Leanne Enoch at the Domestic Violence month breakfast at Parliament House.