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Thursday, 1 December 2022
Page: 2711

Senator BARBARA POCOCK (South Australia) (12:59): I'm willing to wager that most Australians won't know what the ABCC is. But an issue which has had no discussion, in the seven or nine hours of questioning that we've had so far, is from two sections in the bill, in relation to sexual harassment. Now, 53 per cent of Australian women will experience sexual harassment in their lives and it's an issue that really does deserve some discussion. How will this bill deal with this epidemic of sexual harassment? More than half of us are going to have the experience, including many in this workplace, and a third of Australians—men and women—in the last five years have had harassment experiences. So can we please hear a little bit about something that actually matters to most Australians?