Senate debates

Tuesday, 21 August 2018


Australian Greens

3:51 pm

Photo of David LeyonhjelmDavid Leyonhjelm (NSW, Liberal Democratic Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 994 standing in my name and the names of senators Bernardi and Anning for today relating to the Australian Greens handling of allegations of sexual misconduct.

Leave granted.

I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate:

(a) notes that:

  (i) the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has aired a damning investigation into the apparent failure of the Australian Greens (The Greens) to properly handle allegations of sexual misconduct within its ranks,

  (ii) multiple women interviewed by 7claimed that The Greens did not adequately address reports of assault and harassment committed by party staff and volunteers,

  (iii) Mr Rory Markham, a lawyer who is advising a number of women who stated that The Greens mishandled their complaints about sexual misconduct, stated that the party had shown an attitude of 'absolute dismissiveness' and that the priority seemed to be to 'maintain party brand at all costs', and

(b) calls on all parties to ensure they have proper protections in place to prevent and respond to incidents of sexual harassment.

Question agreed to.