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23    Indigenous Australians— Incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

Senator Siewert, also on behalf of Senators Brown, Fierravanti-Wells, Gallagher, Gichuhi, Hanson-Young, Hume, Lambie, Kakoschke-Moore, Kitching, Lines, McAllister, McCarthy, McKenzie, Moore, Nash, O’Neill, Pratt, Polley, Reynolds, Rice, Rhiannon, Ruston, Singh, Urquhart and Wong, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 391—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes the report Over-represented and overlooked: the crisis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s growing over-imprisonment , which was released in May 2017;

               (b)       acknowledges the harrowing statistics in the report that:

                                     (i)       Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women make up only 2% of the adult female population, but 34% of women in prison, and

                                    (ii)       some 80% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women behind bars are mothers; and

                (c)       asks for Federal leadership to develop a national action plan to address the crisis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s growing over-imprisonment.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.