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Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Page: 7187


Senator LUDLAM (4:04 PM) —I, and also on behalf of Senator Hanson-Young, move:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

(i)   25 November 2008 marks the 9th anniversary of White Ribbon Day, the symbol of the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and

(ii)   White Ribbon Day marks the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, a global event calling on action to end violence against women;

(b)   recognises:

(i)   the report released by the White Ribbon Foundation of Australia, An assault on our future: The impact of violence on young people and their relationships, and

(ii)   this report identified that one in seven girls aged 12 to 20 have experienced sexual assault or rape, with half a million teenagers revealing they live with violence in the home; and

(c)   calls on the Rudd Government, as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, to work constructively to support the introduction of violence prevention programs in all schools as a priority, as part of Australia’s commitment as a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Question agreed to.