27 June 2017

Labors Northern Territory Federal representatives today supported the call from domestic violence campaigner Charlie King and members of the Ngunuwal and Rirratjingu people for all Australians to join the No More campaign today.

Cultural and political leaders from across Australia linked arms at the forecourt of Parliament House in a sign of solidarity against violence.

The national launch of the No More campaign has come about because of the tireless work of advocate Charlie King.

Charlie King is a great Territorian and a great leader. He has given men, who want to be part of ending family violence, a way to voice their concerns and show a willingness to act.

In a conversation in Yuendumu with community Elders more than eight years ago, Mr King was told 'no more'. From there he took this strong message to share with the rest of Australia that our culture is strong and because of that we say no more to violence. This message has continued to resonate around the country, across party lines and cultural differences.

Charlie King has continued to highlight the importance of a whole-of-community approach to confronting domestic violence. To eradicate domestic violence from Aboriginal, and all other, communities across Australia, we must do more to support women, children and families.

One way to do this is to ensure that frontline services have the funding they need to continue their work; these services include The Alice Springs Womens Shelter, MPY Womens Council, Tangentyere Womens Safety Groups and the Katherine Womens information and Legal Service.

Today will bring this very important issue to the forefront of peoples minds. As a community, we must ensure we listen to the voices of those in regional and remote areas, acknowledge the expertise of workers, and ensure they help inform our actions.

It is important that we take the message of Charlie King's 'No More' campaign and do link arms together to say that we are fed up; Violence against women is just not acceptable.