‘It must stop’: Scott Morrison to unveil $78 million family violence package

The federal government will allocate $78 million to combat domestic violence issues.

The federal government will allocate $78 million to combat domestic violence issues.

Mr Morrison will outline the new measures in a speech to the National Press Club on Monday that lists the government’s achievements on national security, crime prevention, border protection and personal safety.

Preparing for the resumption of Parliament on Tuesday, Mr Morrison will claim the government’s record shows it has the “mettle” for national security while Labor does not.

“National security is all about making the right decisions because, as a government and as a Prime Minister, you have to make them every day,” he says.

“You make these decisions on the basis of your values, instincts, experience and, when required, courage.

“Our government has demonstrated we have the mettle to make the right calls on our nation’s security.”

Mr Morrison’s draft speech includes a list of accomplishments from the Abbott and Turnbull governments, starting with the increase in defence spending to 2 per cent of GDP, a target set in the 2014 budget when Joe Hockey was treasurer.

The defence spending slipped to 1.6 per cent under the Gillard government but Labor went to the last election promising to lift this to 2 per cent, in line with the government’s plan.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison: making decisions based on "values, instincts, experience and, when required, courage".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison: making decisions based on «values, instincts, experience and, when required, courage».Credit:Stefan Postles

He cites the construction of 54 naval vessels to be built in Australia from Australian steel, including 12 submarines, nine frigates, 12 offshore patrol vessels and 21 patrol boats.

Mr Morrison complains that Labor had to be “dragged” to support some of the 12 tranches of national security legislation passed since 2013, accusing the Opposition of trying to weaken, delay and frustrate the laws.

“We’re not on the same page,” he says.

Labor legal affairs spokesman Mark Dreyfus warned against parts of the government’s encryption bill last December, in a clash over powers to force digital services like Facebook to access customer messages on government request, but the Opposition agreed to the new law.

The chief executive of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Paul Murphy, agreed with Labor’s concerns last year that the government bill could weaken press freedom.

Mr Morrison also names $294 million in upgrades to airport security and the work done by security agencies since 2014 to disrupt 14 major terrorist plots.

He also accuses Labor of being “soft” on the removal of known criminals from Australia by cancelling their visas, a sanction imposed last year on 800 criminals including 13 murderers, 34 rapists and 100 child sex offenders.

“We have embraced tough calls rather than seeking to buy weak compromises for cheap political cover or opportunism,” Mr Morrison says in the speech.

“This is our form. It is why we can be trusted.”

The funding for emergency housing marks another stage of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Children, first developed a decade ago and due for renewal with a fourth phase this year.

Mr Morrison met state premiers and territory chief ministers on December 12 last year at a Council of Australian Governments meeting to discuss the fourth phase of the national plan.

The new $60 million program will offer grants over three years to build up to 450 places and assist up to 6500 people per year, with options for co-funding by state governments and not-for-profits.

The $18 million program will continue a scheme that has helped more than 5200 women over the past three years by funding security upgrades so women and children can remain in their own homes if it is safe to do so.

David Crowe is Chief Political Correspondent of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

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