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15        Women— Domestic violence

Senator Urquhart, at the request of Senator McAllister and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 634—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    during the coronavirus pandemic, there has been an increase in violence against women and their children,

(ii)                  at least 23 women have been murdered so far this year at the hands of a current or former partner in Australia,

(iii)                on average, more than one woman a week is murdered by a current or former partner,

(iv)                violence against women and their children will continue to worsen in the face of job losses, stand-downs and financial stress and uncertainty, and

(v)                  domestic and family violence services funding was inadequate before the COVID-19 pandemic; and

(b)              calls on the Morrison Government to:

(i)                    follow Labor’s call to convene a national summit on violence against women and their children, and

(ii)                  urgently provide more support for frontline domestic violence services.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries (Senator Duniam), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.