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Tuesday, 8 March 2005
Page: 51

Senator RIDGEWAY (3:52 PM) —I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 82 by deleting the words ‘and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs’ and ‘favourably and’. The amendment is a clarification to make the reading of the motion much clearer.

Leave granted.

Senator RIDGEWAY —I move the motion as amended:

   That the Senate—

(a)   congratulates the organisers of the Inner Sydney ‘Blackout Violence’ campaign against family violence and sexual assault against women in Aboriginal communities for receiving the 2004 Violence Against Women Prevention Award at New South Wales (NSW) Parliament on 25 November 2004 for ‘outstanding contribution to the prevention and reduction of violence against women in NSW’, earned through their sustained campaign which was launched in September 2004 with Aboriginal footballers wearing purple armbands at the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout;

(b)   notes that:

(i)   the ‘Blackout Violence’ campaign is a local community initiative which has been successful through the hard work of Dixie Gordon, Redfern Legal Centre, Rob Welsh, Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council and the Inner City Domestic Violence Action Group, and that they are still working to keep up the momentum of the struggle against all forms of violence against women and children in Aboriginal communities, and

(ii)   numerous communities in Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland have been inspired by the ‘Blackout Violence’ campaign and have requested the assistance of the NSW organisers to apply the campaign as a national model to counter family violence;

(c)   encourages the NSW Government to expeditiously approve the application for funding to formally draft the ‘Blackout Violence’ model for use by other Indigenous communities; and

(d)   calls on the Commonwealth Government to work with the NSW Government and in partnership with Indigenous communities and community organisations, to ensure that such community initiatives are recognised and appropriately resourced in the Governments’ Indigenous Affairs policies and programs.

Question negatived.

Senator Ridgeway —Might I seek clarification on that vote? I understood that the government was supporting the motion as amended.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —I can only go on the voices, and the voices as represented by the government I called ‘no’.