Senate debates

Tuesday, 26 June 2018


United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

4:13 pm

Photo of Richard Di NataleRichard Di Natale (Victoria, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senator McKim, move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges that today, the 26th of June, marks the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture;

(b) recognises that:

  (i) a large number of refugees coming to Australia have been exposed to traumatic events, and most will have experienced multiple traumas, including war and violence, deprivation, and the death and disappearance of loved ones, and

  (ii) many will also have been subjected to torture or severe human rights violations;

(c) acknowledges the important work that the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT) performs, including the work performed by Australia's eight specialist rehabilitation agencies in advancing the health, well-being and human rights of people from refugee backgrounds who have experienced torture and trauma.

Question agreed to.