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15    Sexual assault and harassment

Senator Siewert, at the request of Senator Faruqi and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 85—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       1 August 2019 marks two years since the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) released the ‘Change the Course: National report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities’, which surveyed students on their experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities,

                                    (ii)       the AHRC report found that 21 % of university students were sexually harassed and 1.6 % were sexually assaulted in a university setting in 2016,

                                  (iii)       sexual assault and harassment continue to be appalling issues at Australian universities, and survivors often struggle to access adequate support services, and

                                  (iv)       on 20 August 2019 students across Australia will be joining a National Day of Action in protest against universities’ inaction on the prevalence of sexual violence in university settings; and

               (b)       calls on the Federal Government to commit to working with universities to ensure that:

                                     (i)       university campuses are safe places free of sexual violence, and

                                    (ii)       survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment are given adequate support by their universities.

Question put and passed.