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Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Page: 7938


Senator WATERS (Queensland) (16:32): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) since the last Senate sitting period, there have been 5 women killed by violence in Australia, bringing the total of women killed by violence to 60 in 2018, as reported by Counting Dead Women Australia from Destroy The Joint,

   (ii) on average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner,

   (iii) 1 in 3 Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15,

   (iv) 1 in 5 Australian women has experienced sexual violence,

   (v) 1 in 6 Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner,

   (vi) 1 in 4 Australian women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner,

   (vii) Australian women are nearly three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner,

   (viii) there is growing evidence that women with disabilities are more likely to experience violence,

   (ix) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women report experiencing violence in the previous 12 months at 3.1 times the rate of non-Indigenous women, and

   (x) in 2014-15, Indigenous women were 32 times as likely to be hospitalised due to family violence as non-Indigenous women; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

   (i) recognise domestic violence against women as a national security crisis,

   (ii) adequately fund frontline domestic violence and crisis housing services to ensure that all women seeking safety can access these services when and where they need them,

   (iii) legislate for 10 days paid domestic violence leave so that women do not have to choose between paying the bills and seeking safety, and

   (iv) implement all 25 recommendations of the report of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee on domestic violence in Australia.