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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Page: 4309

Senator RICE (Victoria) (12:07): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator RICE: The Greens oppose this ill-conceived, blundering and harmful motion. If Senator Anning really wants the government to ensure that innocent citizens are protected from harm, might I suggest that he focus his attention on interventions that prevent men's violence. The last thing that women in Australia need now is another man in power telling us that we are responsible for violence against us. Senator Anning's motion puts the onus on women to go to extreme lengths to ensure our safety, when the priority must be to eradicate men's violence. That's where the problem is. That's where the responsibility lies. That's where government interventions need to be focused.