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   13   White Ribbon Day

Mr Watts, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        acknowledges that White Ribbon:

(a)        is a male led campaign to end male violence against women;

(b)        is now active in over 60 countries around the world; and

(c)        has ambassadors around Australia who are working to engage men and encourage them to take a leadership role in ending violence against women;

(2)        notes that:

(a)        in 2016 in Australia, each week approximately one woman is murdered by a partner or former partner;

(b)        one in four Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner;

(c)        men’s violence against women is a symptom of gender inequality in our society; and

(d)        social policy initiatives and law refom addressing gender inequality are central to reducing attitudes that support violence against women;

(3)        recognises that:

(a)        25 November is White Ribbon Day; and

(b)        the white ribbon is the symbol of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women; and

(4)        supports White Ribbon and other organisations to eliminate violence against women.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.