OPINION: Good idea to make us pay for family violence

LISMORE born ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and his government have come up with an innovative way to tackle the issue of domestic violence.

In last week's ACT Budget it was announced the government would spend $21.4 million over four years on major reforms designed to boost services in this area.

And they are paying for this by imposing a $30 "safer families levy".

That's right, the whole community pays for reform in this sector, including the appointment of a full-time family safety co-ordinator general and dedicated safe families teams.

There is to be a more integrated approach to case management and services for family violence victims.

Extra money will be poured into the Domestic Violence Crisis Service and Canberra Rape Crisis Centre.

It also gives those agencies a stable funding supply going forward.

It seems like a really smart idea and there is no better way to get the vast majority of people to take ownership on this issue than by making them pay for services.

Good ideas like this need to be shared around and copied by other governments in Australia.

All too often one side of politics will refuse to adopt a policy because they didn't come up with it.

But a good idea, is a good idea, and these no brainers should be the ones that attract bi-partisan support.