COAG meeting focuses on domestic violence, terror alert system

COAG meeting focuses on domestic violence, terror alert system

The 40th official Council of Australian Government’s meeting has wrapped up in Sydney, with domestic violence and Australia’s terrorism alert system topping the agenda.

All state and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers have met with Prime Minister Tony Abbott for the COAG meeting, following on from yesterday’s leaders retreat.

They have been handed a report from The COAG Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children, about ways to reduce the rates of domestic violence across the country,

Australian of the Year  Rosie Batty spoke at the meeting, and called on the leaders of the state and territories to commit to delivering compulsory domestic violence prevention lessons.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says he’s encouraged by the progress toward a true national plan to address domestic violence, and he hopes these talks have shown Australians that politicians are able to put people first.

“Its something that many of us would never have thought possible, to have a national debate, and then to have national agreement on that issue,” Mr Andrews said following the meeting.

“I want to congratulate our colleagues, I was to congratulate the Prime Minister, and Ken Lay and Rosie Batty for the work that they’ve done.”

All COAG leaders have also endorsed a new national terrorism alert system, which will be in place by the end of the year.

Under the existing system, the terror threat escalates from low to medium, high and then extreme.

But the new system will have five levels rather than the current four – not expected, possible, probable, expected and certain.

Mr Abbott said the new system of alerts would make it “much easier for the public to understand”.

The leaders have also been handed an interim report by the National Ice Taskforce, about how to tackle the worsening ice epidemic.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill says it is the most constructive COAG meeting he has ever attended as Premier.

He says plans to extend Medicare to the hospital system, and creating a whole new approach to the education system, are two of the most significant aspects of the talks.

“If we are able to progress them to success, some of the ideas that we’ve put on the table here are incredibly bold, and offer massive opportunities for reform of our federation, to the benefit of our citizens,” he said after the meeting.

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