Two government MPs and an independent are expected to join former governor-general Quentin Bryce on a task force to tackle domestic violence in Queensland.
The Liberal National Party (LNP) announced Dame Quentin would chair the bipartisan taskforce on Sunday.
Greenslopes MP Ian Kaye and also Sandgate MP Kerry Millard will sit on the panel, as will independent Gladstone MP Liz Cunningham.
“She sees it as being very important that we go hard after this issue,” Premier Campbell Newman told reporters in Brisbane on Monday.
The panel will also include several representatives from non-government organisations.
It will review current support services available to victims and identify ways to address the growing number of abuse cases.
Mr Newman agreed the problem was often hidden under a “shroud of secrecy”.
“That is always a recipe for bad things to flourish and I simply make that as a general point” he said.
But he also warned that if the issue was to be made more transparent, there was a need for balance.
“It is one for the taskforce to examine, and come up with recommendations that find the right balance between protecting, for example, children who are involved sometimes, and also the need for us to send a message to the perpetrators.”
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk on Sunday accused the LNP of ignoring the problem of domestic violence, after the Labor party introduced a private member’s bill into state parliament in May.
Mr Newman said he had been collecting his thoughts on the issue for two to three months, long before the weekend announcement.
The premier also rejected the suggestion that there was a correlation between increased domestic violence rates and social pressures, such as unemployment.
“I don’t know if I see it in those terms. I would see other factors at work, I’ve got to say. There’s been periods of far higher unemployment in this country” he said.
Queensland’s unemployment rate has soared to an 11-year high of 6.8-per cent for July, up from 6.3-per cent in June.