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Gender 'violence crisis' in Australia: Victorian MP

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The death of a young Melbourne comedian who was raped and murdered in a park highlights Australia's "gendered violence crisis", a Victorian MP says.

Australia is enduring a "gendered violence crisis", says Victoria's Women's Affairs Minister following the rape and murder of Melbourne woman Eurydice Dixon.

Labor's Natalie Hutchins said 30 women have been murdered in Australia so far in 2018 alone.

"(Eurydice) was denied her right to get home safely, she was denied her right to life," she told parliament on Tuesday.

Labor's Natalie Hutchins
Labor's Natalie Hutchins.
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"So was Qi Yu, so was Jill Meagher, so was Tara Costigan, so was Stephanie Scott and these are just a few names in recent years."

Almost a week after Ms Dixon, 22, was found dead on a Carlton soccer field, political debate rages on about what can be done to improve safety for women.

"We need to do more than just install more CCTV cameras in the city, none of these cameras would have saved Eurydice," opposition spokeswoman Emma Kealy told parliament.

"Our community must not just feel safe, it must be safe."

The Liberal-Nationals MP called for proactive mental health services to try and identify and prevent serious sex offenders.

"We have a gendered violence crisis in this country," Ms Hutchins added.

Jaymes Todd, 19 of Broadmeadows, is charged with Ms Dixon's rape and murder.

The aspiring comedian was killed on her way home from performing a gig at Melbourne's Highlander Bar on June 12.

Thousands of people on Monday evening gathered for a solemn vigil at the Carlton park where her body was found.

Crowds gather at the 'Reclaim Princess Park Vigil' in Melbourne.
Crowds gather at the 'Reclaim Princess Park Vigil' in Melbourne.
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Premier Daniel Andrews said the vigil was a tribute to not only Ms Dixon, but the spirit of Victorians sticking together in the worst of times.

"The death of Eurydice Dixon is not only a matter of great sadness, it is also a poignant reminder that when it comes to the safety of women, we have to do so much more," Mr Andrews told parliament on Tuesday.

"Bad outcomes, sometimes tragic outcomes, for women start with bad attitudes towards women and we have called that out. We have to continue to call that out, we have to continue to speak up."

Opposition leader Matthew Guy said women shouldn't have to spend time contemplating their safety.

"Enough is enough, we want our safe Melbourne back, we want these heinous crimes to stop," he said.

Melbourne's comedy community has released a song in Ms Dixon's memory, called Remembering Eurydice.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton.
Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton.
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"We remember your life was sacred, remember that we love you," the lyrics say.

"Remember we'll never forget you."

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the culture around respect needed to change.

"If we're going to make sure crimes like that which occurred so heinously in Carlton don't occur, we're going to just have to get better, and much better, at respect in the community," he told ABC Melbourne radio.

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