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Monday, 26 November 2012
Page: 13346

White Ribbon Day

Debate resumed on the motion by Mr Hayes:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) 25 November is observed as White Ribbon Day, a day aimed at preventing violence against women through a nation-wide campaign to raise public awareness of the issue; and

(b) the current statistics indicate that one in three women will experience physical violence and one in five will experience sexual violence over their lifetime;

(2) encourages:

(a) all Australian men to challenge the attitudes and behaviours that allow violence to continue, by joining the 'My Oath Campaign' and taking the oath: 'I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women'; and

(b) Members to show their support for the principals of the White Ribbon Day by taking the oath and wearing a white ribbon or wristband on the day; and

(3) acknowledges the high economic cost of violence against women and their children, estimated to be $13.6 billion in 2008-09 and, should no action be taken, the cost will be an estimated $14.6 billion in 2021-22.