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WOMEN—INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Senator Cash, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 129—That the Senate—

 (a) recognises that Thursday, 25 November 2010 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and that the symbol for this day is the white ribbon;

 (b) acknowledges that it is a basic right for women and girls to feel safe in all aspects of their life;

 (c) expresses concern that many women in Australia continue to experience violence as an everyday reality and that nearly one in three women in Australia have suffered from physical violence during their life;

 (d) commends the work of the White Ribbon Foundation (Australia) in increasing community understanding about violence against women;


 (e) supports Australian men who have sworn an oath never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women and encourages all men to swear this oath;

 (f) notes recent comments from Amnesty International that `the true sign of political will to address [violence against women] will be the delivery of the government's promised National Plan of Action to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children'; and

 (g) calls on the Government to expedite delivery of its `National Plan of Action to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children' in 2010 as promised by the former Prime Minister (Mr Rudd) in late 2009.

Question put and passed.