Senate debates

Wednesday, 31 October 2012


Yousafzai, Malala

3:35 pm

Photo of Michaelia CashMichaelia Cash (WA, Liberal Party, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) condemns the contemptible act of attempted murder committed on 9 October 2012 by Taliban terrorists who boarded a school bus in the Pakistani town of Mingora, sought out 14-year-old schoolgirl Ms Malala Yousafzai by name and shot her point blank in the head and neck;

(b) applauds Ms Yousafzai’s advocacy on behalf of gender equality in Pakistan;

(c) expresses particular admiration for her public speaking debut in September 2008 when, at the tender age of 11 years, she declared in speech to the media in Peshawar, Pakistan, ‘How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education’;

(d) notes media reports that the Taliban has openly claimed responsibility for this despicable attack on Ms Yousafzai and has threatened to try again to assassinate her at the first available opportunity; and

(e) wishes Ms Yousafzai a speedy and complete recovery from her injuries.

Question agreed to.