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20    Domestic violence

Senator Waters, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 36—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       since the last sitting of the Senate, there have been a further 3 women killed by violence in Australia, taking the overall national toll for 2019 to 29, as reported by Counting Dead Women Australia from Destroy The Joint,

                                    (ii)       there is no national government reporting program to record the ongoing toll of women killed by violence in real time - this work is currently left to researchers at not-for-profit organisations like Destroy the Joint,

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

                                  (iv)       1 in 3 Australian women has experienced physical violence since the age of 15,

                                   (v)       1 in 5 Australian women has experienced sexual violence,

                                  (vi)       1 in 6 Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner,

                                (vii)       1 in 4 Australian women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner,

                               (viii)       Australian women are nearly three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner,

                                  (ix)       there is growing evidence that women with disabilities are more likely to experience violence,

                                   (x)       Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women report experiencing violence in the previous 12 months at 3.1 times the rate of non-Indigenous women, and

                                  (xi)       in 2014-15, Indigenous women were 32 times as likely to be hospitalised due to family violence as non-Indigenous women; and

               (b)       calls on the Federal Government to:

                                     (i)       recognise domestic violence against women as a national security crisis,

                                    (ii)       adequately fund frontline domestic violence and crisis housing services to ensure that all women seeking safety can access these services when and where they need them,

                                  (iii)       legislate for 10 days paid domestic violence leave so that women do not have to choose between paying the bills and seeking safety,

                                  (iv)       implement all 25 recommendations contained in the report of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee on domestic violence in Australia, tabled on 20 August 2015, and

                                   (v)       much like the national road toll, maintain and publish an official real-time national toll of women killed by violence in Australia.

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.