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LAW AND JUSTICE—INEQUALITY

Senator Wright, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 880—That the Senate—

 (a) recognises that discrimination and inequality are alive and well in Australia, for example, in August 2010, women earned 16.9 per cent less than men on average per week, with the total earnings gap increasing to 34.8 per cent per week when taking into account part time and casual work; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) seize the opportunity to introduce a stand-alone Federal Equality Act that adopts global best-practice standards and brings Australian law into line with our international human rights obligations, and


  (ii) ensure that new equality legislation includes, among other things, a specific duty to promote equality and eliminate discrimination, prohibits discrimination in all areas of public life and removes arbitrary and blanket exemptions.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,9


Senators—
Di NataleMilneSiewert (Teller)Whish-Wilson
Hanson-YoungRhiannonWatersWright
Ludlam

NOES, 39


Senators—
AbetzFarrellLundyPratt
BernardiFawcettMadiganRyan
BirminghamFeeneyMarshallScullion
BishopFierravanti-WellsMcEwenSingh
BrownFifieldMcKenzieSmith
CameronFurnerMcLucasSterle
ColbeckGallacherMooreThistlethwaite
CollinsHoggNashThorp
CrossinKroger (Teller)ParryXenophon
EdwardsLudwigPolley

Question negatived.