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4           International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The Minister for Finance (Senator Birmingham), pursuant to notice of motion, moved government business notice of motion no. 1—That—

(a)               a motion relating to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women may be moved immediately by a minister; and

(b)              the time limit for the debate be 60 minutes, after which the question be put, and senators may speak to the motion for not more than 10 minutes each.

Question put and passed.

The Minister for Women (Senator Payne) moved—That the Senate—

(a)               notes that:

(i)                    today, 25 November 2021, marks the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, beginning the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, and

(ii)                  in Australia, on average, a woman is killed by a partner every 11 days, and one in five women has experienced sexual violence since the age of 15;

(b)              commends the joint efforts made by governments, stakeholders and providers under the current National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children;

(c)               acknowledges that the next National Plan must be an ambitious blueprint to end family, domestic and sexual violence in all forms; and

(d)              recognises that ending violence against women requires a national effort by all governments, workplaces, schools, communities and individuals.

Debate ensued.

The motion was supported and all senators present joined in a moment of silence to acknowledge those who have lost their lives and those who are survivors of domestic violence.

Question passed.