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WOMEN—REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN NATIONAL PARLIAMENTS

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 169—That the Senate—

 (a) promotes the increased representation of women in national parliaments in the interest of gender equality and women's empowerment, as reflected in the Millennium Development Goals;

 (b) agrees that women are under-represented in almost all national parliaments around the world;

 (c) accepts that the advancement of women raises the status and value of women in society and their work;

 (d) supports the participation of women in democratic institutions to improve political and policy outcomes;

 (e) backs efforts to improve women's access to parliamentary life; and

 (f) congratulates the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) for championing efforts to increase the number of women elected to the PNG Parliament.

Question put and passed.