Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Page: 7906


Senator ROBERTS (Queensland) (15:44): I seek leave to make a short statement on this.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute, Senator Roberts.

Senator ROBERTS: Thank you, Mr President. Although we acknowledge the sterile, middle-class-type platitudes intended by this motion, One Nation cannot support it and briefly states that that is because a motion such as this should highlight the plight of all little female children, especially those subjected to the barbaric and backward rituals of the Islamic ideology. This motion should have sent a message of hope and encouragement to each and every girl, but sadly it hasn't.

Australian and international Islamic girls face religious and state-sanctioned genital mutilation, forced marriages to much older men and the constant sexual assault and suppression of women. This motion fails to address any of the challenges faced by young Islamic girls, because the tired old parties will not want to risk the votes of middle-aged Islamic men, and frankly that's disgraceful. We cannot support this motion until the plight of all little girls everywhere is addressed.

Question agreed to.