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Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Page: 9232


Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (15:39): I have an amendment that I wish to make to this motion. Could I seek leave to do that, at the request of the opposition?

The PRESIDENT: Is leave granted?

Honourable senators interjecting

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: I tried to circulate it and I was told I had to do it on the floor.

Honourable senators interjecting

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: Yes, I'll read it out to you.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted to read out the amendment rather than to necessarily move it, Senator Hanson-Young.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: Thank you. It's just a change to point (a). I will just read it. It says: 'Calls on broadcasters and independent production companies to outline what steps they have taken, and what steps they will take, to stamp out the insidious culture of enabling sexual harassers, abusers and misogynistic bullies in their industry by not making a stand or holding perpetrators accountable, highlighted by the horrific accounts that have come to light this week.' Then, in point (c), it inserts the words 'independent production companies' and 'calls on all broadcasters and independent production companies to commit to ending the culture of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. I would like to add Senator Moore's name to the motion, as well.

The PRESIDENT: Can I just clarify? You referred to paragraph (a), Senator Hanson-Young. Have you removed that? That appeared to be an amendment to paragraph (b).

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: Sorry. Yes, that's correct.

The PRESIDENT: So paragraph (a) is removed in motion 615 and paragraph (b) is amended in the terms you just read out.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: No, it's because 'the Senate notes' has been formatted in a more correct way, so it's just a preamble. That was originally paragraph (a). It then goes (a), (b), (c), (d), (e).

The PRESIDENT: So it gets re-numbered from (b) to be paragraph (a) and amended in the terms—

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: Perfect. Thank you, Mr President.

The PRESIDENT: Leave was granted to read it out. I will call Senator Bernardi on the matter of the amendment.