13 May 2016 –
Simone O’Brien is a wonderful woman and mum. I’m proud to know her and to see her taking such an active role helping stop domestic violence.
Simone tells her story in this weeks’ North-West News. She talks about the importance of being vigilant and looking out for the early warning signs of domestic violence. Her message is; don’t ignore warning signs, don’t tolerate abuse, don’t be embarrassed, tell friends, and seek help.
Simone was bashed by her partner with a baseball bat. I was Simone’s surgeon and treated her soon after the attack. Her case, and cases like hers prompted me to enter politics. I felt I had to do something to help end all the violence and trauma that I saw.
I am proud that the Queensland Government has committed to implementing the 140 recommendations of the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence. I’m also proud of the Government’s moves to reduce alcohol fuelled violence and tighten liquor licensing laws.
I spoke about Simone’s case during a speech about the Not Now Not Ever Report to Queensland Parliament – to read it follow this link www.dranthonylynham.com.au/not-now-not-ever-report-speech-to-parliament