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21    Women—Sex Discrimination Commissioner—Appointment

Senator Waters, also on behalf of Senator Moore, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1008—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   it has been over 150 days since the former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Ms Elizabeth Broderick, stepped down at the end of her term,

                 (ii)   during that time, there have been multiple high-profile examples of sexism and sexual harassment,

                (iii)   in October 2015, the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis) told a Senate committee that the selection process to appoint the next Sex Discrimination Commissioner had been under way for ‘some months’, and

                (iv)   there is no longer a full-time Disability Discrimination Commissioner; and

    (b)   calls on the Federal Government to appoint a female full-time Sex Discrimination Commissioner without delay.

Question put and passed.