Politics have never really interested me. I have always been a swinging voter, never loyal to Labor or Liberal. Each election I would assess each party’s policies and promises then vote for what seemed to be the better of the two.
This year’s election was somewhat different. A spiral of tragic events in my home town of Wangaratta made it very important to me to make my vote count for something.
It started out as a domestic violent situation, where my children and I were in danger. After some time of continuous stalking and late night attacks, I was told by police to consider leaving town as they couldn’t protect me or my loved ones.
At first I didn’t think I should have to, but safety won over. I left town in 2014.
Fast forward 12 months and the very street that I had moved from was home to the most horrifying tragedy. A beautiful, vibrant 11-year-old girl call Zoe Buttigieg — who had played with my girls daily, danced in my lounge room, played with my dogs, smiled, waved and said hello every time I got home — was raped and murdered.
Rosie Batty has become a spokesperson on issues of domestic violence. (Post continues after video)
Despite what you think you know about this case, Zoe was well-loved, well looked after and raised well by her mother Janelle. It shone through in Zoe’s beautiful nature. The only person responsible for her death is the man who did it. It was not a party house as portrayed by the media; my children played there often. But don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.
Still in shock, four months later, the community was devastated yet again. This time Karen Chetcuti was murdered by her next door neighbour. The man was on parole for violent crimes.
However, even though I am told that Karen may have known about her killer’s past, it did not save her. Her friend Carol tells me she was so beautifully natured that she did not judge people on their past, however adequate parole reform and supervision may have.