Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter
Mr ALISTER HENSKENS (Ku-ring-gai—Minister for Skills and Training, Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology, Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, and Minister for Sport) (19:48): Every woman deserves shelter, safety, and opportunity. For the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter, this is not only a conviction. Since 2015, the shelter has played an active role in the community alleviating the impact of homelessness and domestic violence faced by women. Their presence ensures that when people make the courageous decision to leave a violent home, there is a secure and supporting environment waiting to help them. On the evening of 5 May, I attended a soiree and book launch of Dressed by Iris, the latest novel from talented and bestselling local author Mary-Anne O'Connor, who grew up in Wahroonga. Mary-Anne is a strong supporter of the women's shelter, who also organised the event. It was an evening of jazz music, brilliant local speakers and a 1930's theme, reflecting the era and setting of the novel. All proceeds from the night supported the critical work of Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter. I am proud that Ku-ring-gai is home to the shelter and I thank its chair, Catherine Knox, as well as the community for their incredible support and generosity.