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15    Health— Mental health services for LGBTIQ people

Senator Rice, also on behalf of Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 611—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       that the vast majority of Australians voted for marriage equality in the recent postal survey,

                                    (ii)       that the postal survey had a negative impact on the mental health of many LGBTIQ Australians and their families, demonstrated by examples such as Reachout, which saw a 40%, and Switchboard, which saw a 35%, increase in people accessing their services between August and October 2017,

                                  (iii)       that 40 per cent of young LGBTIQ people seeking help are at a higher risk of suicide - almost double the rate of their heterosexual peers,

                                  (iv)       that many LGBTIQ people will remain scarred by the traumatic ordeal that the Government has put them through by putting their rights to a public popular vote,

                                   (v)       the urgent need to address this issue and offer support to the LGBTIQ community, and

                                  (vi)       that the marriage equality postal survey came in approximately $20 million under budget; and

               (b)       calls on the Federal Government to show leadership and spend this unspent postal survey funding on mental health services for LGBTIQ people.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath) and Senator Chisholm, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.