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     4   Online safety

Mr Connelly, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        recognises:

(a)        that society is more connected online than ever before in history; and

(b)        the importance of keeping Australians safe online;

(2)        notes that:

(a)        the Government established the world’s first Children’s eSafety Commissioner in 2015, and expanded this role to cover all Australians in 2017;

(b)        in 2018 the Office of the eSafety Commissioner undertook research to examine some of the challenges faced by young people aged 8 to 17 in Australia online; and

(c)        this research indicated that:

(i)         25 per cent of young people have been contacted by strangers/someone they did not know;

(ii)       13 per cent of young people reported receiving repeated unwanted online messages from someone; and

(iii)     13 per cent of young people reported having lies or rumours spread about them;

(3)        further notes the bipartisan support for the work of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner; and

(4)        congratulates the Government for this world first initiative.

Debate ensued.



Suspension of meeting

At 5.42 pm, a division having been called in the House, the proceedings were suspended.

Resumption of meeting

At 5.54 pm, the proceedings were resumed.




Debate continued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.