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     3   International Women’s Day

Ms Claydon, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        notes that:

(a)        International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March;

(b)        the theme for 2018 is ‘Press for Progress’, recognising the strong and growing global momentum striving for gender equity; and

(c)        now more than ever, governments must recommit to addressing entrenched gender inequities including:

(i)         high rates of family and domestic violence, sexual violence and harassment;

(ii)       pay inequity and the undervaluation of work in traditionally female industries; and

(iii)     the under-representation of women in Australian public life and leadership; and

(2)        calls on the Government to:

(a)        end its complacency and ensure gender equality is a central priority for government; and

(b)        commit to urgent action to improve Australian women’s:

(i)         safety and physical security;

(ii)       economic security and retirement incomes;

(iii)     health and reproductive rights; and

(iv)      representation in Australian parliaments.

Debate ensued.

Debate adjourned, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.