Domestic violence COAG's first agenda item for 2015

DOMESTIC violence will be the "most urgent matter" when the nation's top inter-government body meets later this year, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday.

Mr Abbott told reporters there was an "abundance of goodwill" to tackle the issue, championed by Australian of the Year Rosie Batty.

He said he would put it on top of the Council of Australian Governments agenda for its next meeting, and hoped a national domestic violence order system was agreed before year's end.

"I think we've got to light a fire under it and that's why this will be a specific COAG agenda item," Mr Abbott said.

A national system would mean that a DVO taken out against an offender in one state would apply across state borders, so victims could escape the "domestic persecution" in their home, he said.


Raise a cup to our school chappys

Raise a cup to our school chappys

The event will be held on October 30.

Police shocked by drivers speeding through school zones

Police shocked by drivers speeding through school zones

It comes in the same week teenager Danielle Butterfield was killed.

Mikayla lands amongst the stars

Mikayla lands amongst the stars

National win for Prenzlau horse rider

Local Partners