The personal reference surfaced as the prime minister faced two questions from independents timed to coincide with sixteen days of activism against gender-based violence – an annual campaign led by UN Women.
Crossbench MPs dressed in orange on Monday to mark their support, and there are plans to illuminate the parliament.
The teal independent Zoe Daniel noted 54 Australian women had been killed this year and children were still being killed by parents once a fortnight. Daniel, the member for Goldstein, asked Albanese what the government intended to “do differently next year to stop women and children being murdered”.
Fellow teal Zali Steggall, the member for Warringah, followed up by asking Albanese where the “urgency” was to deal with the problem.
Albanese outlined the government’s policy actions and offered a robust defence of his policy record, noting the government had increased funding for community service workers dealing with violence against women and children.