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Notice given 7 August 2007

835  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the reports of the harmful effect of sexualisation in the media of children, especially young girls, including the:

(i) negative impact on development, self-image and emotional development including shame, anxiety and even self disgust,

(ii) increased incidence of eating disorders, depression and low self-esteem,

(iii) negative consequences on sexuality, and

(iv) the promotion of negative stereotypes of women as sex objects; and

(b) urges the Government to establish an expert advisory group including health professionals, mental health professionals, children’s advocacy groups and marketing and media organisations to:

(i) support research into the effects of the sexualisation of children by the media in Australia, including the:

( a ) sources and beneficiaries of sexualisation,

( b ) short- and long-term effects of viewing or buying sexualising and objectifying images, and their influence on cognitive functioning, physical and mental health, sexuality, attitudes and beliefs, and

( c ) strategies to prevent and/or reduce the sexualisation of children in the media and the effectiveness of different approaches to reducing the amount of sexualisation that occurs and to ameliorating its effects, and

(ii) report and make recommendations on the sexualisation of children in the media.

Notice of motion altered on 8 August 2007 pursuant to standing order 77.

 

 842  Senator Milne: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that 2007 marks the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol), arguably the most successful multilateral environmental agreement,

(ii) that since 1987, the Montreal Protocol has resulted in a 95 per cent reduction in consumption of ozone depleting substances through the use of binding controls with strict compliance measures, financing mechanisms and trade restrictions,

(iii) that actions taken under the Montreal Protocol have made an important contribution in addressing climate change because many ozone depleting substances that have been phased out have high global warming potentials, and

(iv) a number of parties to the Montreal Protocol have proposed adjustments to the Montreal Protocol to accelerate the phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs); and

(b) calls on the Government to support an accelerated phase-out of HCFCs at the 19th meeting of the parties in Montreal, Canada, to be held in September 2007.

Notice of motion altered on 14 August 2007 pursuant to standing order 77.