Ms Patten (Northern Metropolitan) — My constituency question is for the Acting Minister for Police, Robin Scott, in the other place.
We have just celebrated International Women’s Day, and yet we are providing lip-service rather than actual protection for women and staff seeking to access health services at their place of work. The East Melbourne Clinic is within my electorate, and people there are still facing the same harassment that they did last year. They want to know why, as do the many constituents living nearby.
We understand the need for clarity, legal confidence and training. Safe access zones will almost certainly be subject to testing in court, and this should be acknowledged and welcomed. But that is not an excuse for allowing another minute of harassment to occur because of Lent or any other potential public relations issue.
Can the minister explain for the clinic why the police are not enforcing these laws?