Page 1064 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 19 March 2013

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More recently, yesterday, I had the great pleasure to represent the Chief Minister in presenting some ACT gold awards. Those, as you are aware, go to people that have contributed to the ACT for 50 years or more. This was at Morling Lodge over at Red Hill, and it was fantastic to see some of the recipients there. I had the opportunity to visit there with an ex-supervisor of mine, Ted Pearce from Foreign Affairs in the 1970s.

I would like to go through some of the recipients of those awards at Morling Lodge. They were Rino Trezza, Matteo Bortolussi, Clarice Ellen Pearce, Selwyn Day, Doreen Burn, Maxine Loveridge, Wendy Smith, Lucy Biernacki, Antonia Agius, Fredrick Richer, Zina Levics, Angelina Giorgio and Gwen Palmer.

Also congratulations to the staff at Morling Lodge: Nikki Van Diemen, the residential manager; Maria Hobbs, the care team manager; and Susan Jones, the activities coordinator. All are playing a very important role in the care of those people at Morling Lodge.

Workplace violence

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (4.30): Last month I attended the ACT launch of a booklet entitled Keeping you and your job safe: information for workers experiencing family violence. It is an initiative of Safe At Home, Safe at Work, which is a project of the Centre for Gender Related Violence Studies and the University of New South Wales. It is funded by the commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Domestic violence can take many forms, including intimidation, coercion or isolation, emotional, physical, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse.

For some, violence continues in the workplace. Abusive phone calls and emails are the most common, followed by the abuser physically coming to their work. This is especially true for workplaces with easy public access like retail, hospitality, health care and community services. Domestic violence can create problems for other staff and managers who may also be targeted. It poses a workplace safety issue and, ultimately, a liability issue.

Domestic violence is likely to impact on work performance, causing distraction, tiredness, being late and taking time off. The Safe at Home, Safe at Work team are campaigning to introduce domestic violence clauses into Australian workplace conditions. They are able to brief and develop with unions and employers workplace information and training resources.

The Safe at Home, Safe at Work resource booklet Keeping you and your job safe: information for workers experiencing family violence is a valuable tool. It guides the employee through the practicalities of what to do to help protect them on both the home and work fronts. It points out that workplaces have a duty to ensure health and safety, and workers have a duty to take reasonable care to protect their own safety. The booklet has advice on getting a family violence protection order, checking OHS policy and checking whether the workplace has a policy on workplace violence.

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