Senate debates

Wednesday, 3 February 2016


Sex Discrimination Commissioner

3:45 pm

Photo of Larissa WatersLarissa Waters (Queensland, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek to add the name of Senator Moore as a co-sponsor for the motion. I, and also on behalf of Senator Moore, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) it has been over 150 days since the former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Ms Elizabeth Broderick, stepped down at the end of her term,

(ii) during that time, there have been multiple high-profile examples of sexism and sexual harassment,

(iii) in October 2015, the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis) told a Senate committee that the selection process to appoint the next Sex Discrimination Commissioner had been under way for 'some months', and

(iv) there is no longer a full-time Disability Discrimination Commissioner; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to appoint a female full-time Sex Discrimination Commissioner without delay.

Question agreed to.