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Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Page: 98


The PRESIDENT (21:31): The question now is that the amendment to the motion for the second reading, on sheet 1311, circulated by the opposition, be agreed to.

Opposition's circulated amendment—

At the end of the motion, add: ", but the Senate:

(a) notes that:

(i) this Government cites the introduction of the Online Safety Bill 2021 as evidence of its commitment to women's safety,

(ii) the Member for Bowman, Mr Andrew Laming MP, is accused of trolling his own constituents online, and stated on 27 March 2021 that he would step down from all parliamentary roles, effective immediately, and

(iii) when asked whether the type of material the Member for Bowman posted is what the adult cyber abuse scheme is designed to cover, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications officials stated at Senate Estimates on 26 May 2021 that "absolutely the intention behind this new bill, when it's passed, is to provide an avenue for people experiencing that kind of activity—to have a pathway to make complaints and have someone able to take some action"; and

(b) calls on the Prime Minister to lead by example when it comes to keeping women safe online and ensure that the Member for Bowman is discharged from the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training immediately".

A division having been called and the bells being rung

The PRESIDENT: I've been requested by the whips to change this to a four-minute bell. I give everyone fair warning that this is the last four-minute bell. We have rolling divisions now. Senators are expected to be in the chamber under the standing orders. I'll change it to a four-minute bell, but, from this point forward, it is a one-minute bell.