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WOMEN—GENDER-BIASED SEX SELECTION

Senator Madigan amended general business notice of motion no. 1244 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) five United Nations agencies: the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children's Fund, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and the World Health Organization, have issued a combined report calling for urgent steps to be taken to address gender-biased sex selection, including:

   (A) the collection of more reliable data on the extent of the problem,

   (B) guidelines on the use of technology,

   (C) supportive measures for girls and women, and

   (D) other legal and awareness-raising actions,

  (ii) in its 2010 report the UNFPA states that, according to the 2000 United States Census, immigrants to the United States of America from China, India and the Republic of Korea had a sex ratio at birth almost as skewed as in their countries of origin, and

  (iii) at the UN Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) (1994) in Cairo and at the 4th World Congress on Women (1995) in Beijing, Australia committed `to enact and enforce legislation protecting girls from all forms of violence ... including prenatal sex selection';

 (b) condemns the practice of gender-biased sex selection in abortion or infanticide whether in Australia or overseas; and

 (c) encourages the Government to support the recommendations of the interagency statement of the five UN agencies and uphold its commitments to the ICPD 1994 and the 4th World Congress on Women.

Statement by leave: Senator Rhiannon, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES, 37

Senators—

Abetz

Back

Bernardi

Bilyk

Cameron

Carr, Kim

Colbeck

Collins

Cormann

Crossin

Edwards

Feeney

Fifield

Furner

Gallacher

Kroger

Lines

Ludwig

Lundy

Madigan

Marshall

McEwen

McLucas

Moore

Parry

Polley (Teller)

Pratt

Ruston

Ryan

Singh

Smith

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Urquhart

Williams

NOES, 9

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

Question agreed to.