VIDEO: MP says domestic violence is done by 'wild animals'

MICHELLE Landry doesn't pull any punches when talking about domestic violence.

The Capricornia MP compared people who bash their partners to wild animals, as she welcomed the federal government's $100 million Women's Safety Package.

"Shockingly, Rockhampton has one of the highest domestic violence rates in Queensland," she said.

"This is completely unacceptable.

"People must realise that belting your partner and traumatising your kids with acts of domestic violence reflects the mentality of a wild animal, not a human being.

"It's un-Australian."

The $100 million Women's Safety Package, announced yesterday, will include practical and immediate action to keep women safe, support and training for frontline services and resources to help break the cycle of violence.

"Shockingly, one in every six women in this country has experienced violence at the hands of a man," Ms Landry said.

"So far this year, around Australia more than 60 women have been killed in domestic violence incidents."

She also said it was about time something was done to try and tackle the problem.

The funding announcement comes following a tragic series of high profile murders of Queensland women by their partners.

"Obviously this has been spurned on by the dreadful incidences we have seen recently," Ms Landry said.

"People should be able to go to McDonalds and buy a burger without the threat that someone is going to shoot them. The fear that they have when there is someone threatening to kill them, it's just dreadful and it impacts on these children as well."

Ms Landry said she had spoken to domestic violence victims, as well as staff at the Women's Shelter, about the issue.

"We need to do as much as we can to support these families because they're entitled to lead a normal, happy life," she said.

Measures will include tracking offenders with GPS tags, funding for police, social workers, legal services and emergency departments, extra support services for indigenous communities and education programs in schools.

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