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Notice given 7 August 2007

835  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the reports of the harmful effect of sexualisation in the media of children, especially young girls, including the:

(i) negative impact on development, self-image and emotional development including shame, anxiety and even self disgust,

(ii) increased incidence of eating disorders, depression and low self-esteem,

(iii) negative consequences on sexuality, and

(iv) the promotion of negative stereotypes of women as sex objects; and


 (b) urges the Government to establish an expert advisory group including health professionals, mental health professionals, children’s advocacy groups and marketing and media organisations to:

(i) support research into the effects of the sexualisation of children by the media in Australia, including the:

( a ) sources and beneficiaries of sexualisation,

( b ) short- and long-term effects of viewing or buying sexualising and objectifying images, and their influence on cognitive functioning, physical and mental health, sexuality, attitudes and beliefs, and

( c ) strategies to prevent and/or reduce the sexualisation of children in the media and the effectiveness of different approaches to reducing the amount of sexualisation that occurs and to ameliorating its effects, and

(ii) report and make recommendations on the sexualisation of children in the media.

Notice of motion altered on 8 August 2007 pursuant to standing order 77.

836  Senator Murray: To move—

(1) That the Senate, noting concern in the community at the abuse of alcohol, asks that the Government refer the following matter to an appropriate body or a specially-established task force for inquiry and report:

The need to significantly reduce alcohol abuse in Australia, especially in geographic or demographic hot spots, and what the Commonwealth, states and territories should separately and jointly do with respect to:

(a) the pricing of alcohol, including taxation;

(b) the marketing of alcohol; and

(c) regulating the distribution, availability and consumption of alcohol.

(2) In undertaking the inquiry regard is to be had to:

(a) economic as well as social issues;

(b) alcohol rehabilitation and education;

(c) the need for a flexible responsive and adaptable regulatory regime; and

(d) the need for a consistent harmonised Australian approach.

On 15 August 2007

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the current level of academic standards of school education.


General Business—Notice of Motion