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21       Women— National Family Violence Prevention Legal Service Forum

Senator Urquhart, at the request of Senators McCarthy and Dodson and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 367—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Service Forum (the Forum) was established in May 2012, and is the peak body for 14 member organisations across Australia providing services under the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) Program,

(ii)                  the FVPLS members provide culturally sensitive assistance to Indigenous victim-survivors of family violence and sexual assault,

(iii)                the Forum works with members to develop tools for capacity building, good governance, professional development, training, data collection and evaluation, and

(iv)                the Forum provides advice and input to government and ensures a unified FVPLS response to addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family violence; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to acknowledge the important work of the NFVPLS and not to cut funding to the network.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries (Senator Duniam), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.