Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Questions without Notice
Domestic and Family Violence
Senators will be aware that recently a number of allegations have come to light of misconduct, harassment and assault in the media, entertainment and arts industries. These serious allegations are deeply concerning. When power or authority is used by a man or a woman to physically harm, sexually assault or sexually harass another person, it is plain wrong and it needs to be called out for what it is.
Employers have a responsibility to ensure that inappropriate behaviour by men in positions of power towards women does not happen. Employers must ensure that they have processes in place so that allegations can be properly addressed and women are protected. The government encourages all employers to take their responsibility seriously to ensure that our workplaces are safe for all staff and that inappropriate behaviour has no place.