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21    Women— Women in politics—She Can Lead report

Senator Rice, also on behalf of Senator Moore, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 534—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       on 18 October 2017, 17 young women who are interested in a career in politics stepped into the shoes of members of Parliament for a day, to get valuable insight into political life as part of a global movement for girls’ leadership, hosted by Plan International in celebration of International Day of the Girl and to support women’s representation in politics,

                                    (ii)       Plan International Australia surveyed more than 500 young people about Australian politics in a report released today, She Can Lead , and

                                  (iii)       almost half the young women surveyed for the report (45%), felt there were not enough opportunities for them to become politicians and one in three women (34%) felt their gender was a barrier; and

               (b)       calls on all parliamentarians to heed the recommendations of the report, She Can Lead , and commit to supporting young women’s aspirations and contributions to politics and public life.

Question put and passed.