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     5   Violence against women

Ms Wells, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        recognises that:

(a)        25 November 2019 was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women; and

(b)        this year’s focus was ‘Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape’;

(2)        acknowledges that:

(a)        sexual violence against women and girls is a widespread and persistent human rights issue;

(b)        1 in 5 Australian women report having experienced sexual violence;

(c)        1 in 6 Australian women report having experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner; and

(d)        according to the United Nations, violence against women remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it; and

(3)        asks all Members to recognise that violence against women continues to be an obstacle to achieving gender equality in Australia and across the globe.

Debate ensued.



Suspension of meeting

At 12.21 pm, a division having been called in the House, the proceedings were suspended.

Resumption of meeting

At 12.41 pm, the proceedings were resumed.




Debate continued.

Debate adjourned and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.