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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Page: 4309


Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (12:08): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator CHISHOLM: Labor does not support this motion. We always condemn violence against women in the strongest possible terms. Ending violence against women is a national priority, and Labor is committed to action. Women have a right to safety in public spaces and in their homes, but it is ludicrous to suggest that more weapons will make women safer. Allowing ordinary people to walk around with tasers in their pockets won't improve safety on our streets. More weapons imported into Australia and made cheap and easy to access will only make it easier for people who want to do harm to do so.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Anning be agreed to.