Notice of Motion – Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2016

Minister for Women
Notice of Motion – Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2016
26 October, 2016


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

(1)         The 2016 Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Awards were held on Tuesday 25 October 2016.

(2)         The Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Awards is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the many Tasmanian women who are excelling in business, government and across their communities.  This is the 22nd year of the Awards, making it the longest standing national business awards program for women in Australia. Read More

Notice of Motion – World Elder Abuse Awareness 2016

Minister for Human Services
Notice of Motion – World Elder Abuse Awareness 2016
15 June 2016


 

Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

(1)         The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to upholding the rights of older Tasmanians to live without exploitation, abuse or fear.

(2)         15 June 2016 is the 11th anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2006.

(3)         World Elder Abuse Awareness Day plays an important role in promoting respect and dignity for older people. It also provides an opportunity to recognise the vital contribution older people make towards the social and economic well-being of our community.

(4)         In partnership with the Council on the Ageing and Advocacy Tasmania, we are working to raise community awareness, deliver information and training, and provide services to support and advocate for older persons.

(5)         The Tasmanian State Government supports elder abuse prevention activities, including the Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy: Protecting Older Tasmanians from Abuse and the Elder Abuse Helpline.

(6)         A number of community events will also be held around the State to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, including a public awareness walk from St David’s Park at 3pm today.

(7)         This Liberal Government believes that Elder abuse is not okay, is not acceptable and is not excusable.


Notice of Motion – THROW Nominations

Notice of Motion – THROW Nominations
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
24 May, 2016


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

(1)         The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to gender equality, with nominations now open for the Tasmanian Government’s 2017 Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women.

(2)         Women make up nearly 51 per cent of Tasmania’s population and make an exceptional contribution to our community.  It is therefore important that as a community, we recognise their efforts and celebrate their many achievements and untold stories. Read More

Notice of Motion – “Support a Friend” Campaign

Notice of Motion – “Support a Friend” Campaign
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
24 May, 2016


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

 (1)         On 15 May, a new national campaign was launched to help Australians recognise the signs of intimate partner violence and how best to support someone experiencing it.

(2)         Domestic violence campaigners, 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty and Geelong AFL premiership player Jimmy Bartel, joined forces to launch 1800RESPECT’s ‘Support a Friend’ campaign, which provides a practical list of do’s and don’ts when supporting someone experiencing family violence. Read More

Notice of Motion – Candlelight Vigil to Remember Those Who Have Died From Domestic Violence

Notice of Motion – Candlelight Vigil to Remember Those Who Have Died From Domestic Violence
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
04 May, 2016


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

(1)         Today, Wednesday 4 May 2016, marks the annual candlelight vigil to remember those who have died due to family violence.

(2)         By lighting a candle we say that family violence is unacceptable in our community. We also recognise the strength and courage of the survivors. Read More

Notice of Motion – eSafety Women

Notice of Motion – eSafety Women
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
04 May, 2015


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

 (1)         Millions of women and girls experience online violence daily simply because of their gender. 73 per cent of women report experiencing abuse online, with women 27 times more likely to be abused online than men.

(2)         Online violence includes abusive text messages and phone calls, offensive online posts, stalking, threats, hate messages and the encouragement of self harm. Read More

Notice of Motion – World Autism Day 2016

Notice of Motion – World Autism Day 2016
Minister for Human Services, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
5 April, 2016


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

(1)         Saturday 2 April 2016 marked World Autism Day and that April 2016 is Autism Awareness Month.

(2)         The prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has increased dramatically, and is growing at a faster rate than any other disability.

(3)         World Autism Day and Autism Awareness Month plays an important role in promoting the awareness and inclusion of people with ASD, while also providing opportunities to celebrate the many contributions people with ASD make to our community.

(4)         Many organisations around Tasmania do wonderful work in providing education, support, advocacy and practical help to people living with ASD.

(5)         A number of events are being held around Tasmania to celebrate Autism Awareness Month and I encourage people to participate in events.

(6)         The Liberal Government is committed to improving support to those living with ASD through developing a long-term strategy to implement best practice care in Tasmania.


 

Notice of Motion – Launch of Fact Sheets

Notice of Motion – Launch of Fact Sheets
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
10 March, 2015


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

(1) Gender inequality is present in all societies, with women and girls facing particular challenges and discrimination at school, work, home and in the broader community in relation to their gender.

(2) The Tasmanian Government has a strong foundation for positive change through the implementation of the Tasmanian Women’s Plan 2013-2018.

(3) The Tasmanian Women’s Plan 2013-2018 aims for equality for all women and girls, and their full participation in the economic, social, political and community life of Tasmania.

(4) The Hodgman Liberal Government has been working with the University of Tasmania’s Gender and Policy Strategy Group, led by Doctor Megan Alessandrini, to provide an updated statistical snapshot of women and girls in Tasmania.

(5) Yesterday, we launched a series of women’s Fact Sheets at the International Women’s Day Breakfast, following on from the Women and Girls in Tasmania statistical report that the Government published two years ago.

(6) The data comes from a wide range of published sources and can be used by government, non-government and private sectors to inform policy development and service delivery, for example, in regard to the gender wage gap.

(7) Importantly, the Fact Sheets provide a unique baseline profile by bringing together a range of data relevant at the commencement of the Women’s Plan in 2013 that span its six outcome areas – Health and Wellbeing; Economic Security and Financial Independence; Education and Training; Housing and Homelessness; Safety and Justice; and Leadership and Community Participation.

(8) The Fact Sheets are available from the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s website – www.dpac.tas.gov.au

(9) The Tasmanian Government is committed to addressing the underlying factors which create and maintain gender inequality and empowering and enabling women and girls to reach their full potential. We are actively working to ensure that policies, programs and services are responsive to the needs of women and girls; are representative of their views; and reduce barriers to their participation.


 

Notice of Motion – International Women’s Day

Notice of Motion – International Women’s Day
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
09 March, 2016


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. Today, 8 March, is International Women’s Day. An annual global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women.
  2. International Women’s Day is also an opportune reminder to reflect on the past accomplishments as well as the particular challenges and discrimination that women and girls still face today due to their gender.
  3. The theme of International Women’s Day 2016 is ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality, giving everyone the opportunity to take action to help achieve gender parity.
  4. The Tasmanian Government is committed to addressing the underlying factors that create and maintain gender inequality, and empowering and enabling women and girls to reach their full potential.
  5. One initiative of the Hodgman Liberal Government is to address the gender pay gap, and we are working with the University of Tasmania Gender Policy Strategy Group, so as to highlight the issue of the gender pay gap for young women graduates when entering the workforce and empowering female graduates to negotiate for better pay as they enter the workplace.
  6. Each year an amazing array of events is offered throughout Tasmania to acknowledge International Women’s Day, with events planned throughout the whole week, giving women and men the opportunity to participate in some way. This year, over 30 events will be held in Tasmania, with details available on the DPAC website.
  7. Tomorrow, over 600 guests will attend the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation’s 2016 International Women’s Day Big Breakfast in Hobart with guest speaker Ms Tara Moss who is a best-selling author, journalist, television presenter and human rights advocate.
  8. We thank all those women who have come before us with the challenges that they have faced, and we celebrate all that Tasmanian women have achieved and will achieve in the future.

Plan International and OurWatch – Don’t Send Me that Pic Report

Notice of Motion – Plan International and OurWatch – Don’t Send Me that Pic Report
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
08 March, 2016


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1.  New survey data released by Plan International Australia and OurWatch reveals Australian teenage girl’s aged 15-19 years perceptions about receiving uninvited sexually explicit images as well as pressure to take and send such images and cyberbullying.
  2. Alarming, 600 survey recipients from all states and territories report that online sexual harassment is commonplace.
  3. Key findings from the report titled ‘Don’t send me that pic’, include:
    1. Seven out of ten teenage girls believe online harassment and bullying is endemic;
    2. 58 percent agreed that girls often receive uninvited or unwanted indecent or sexually explicit material such as texts, video clips, and pornography;
    3. 44 percent do not feel comfortable reporting incidents of abusive online behaviour;
    4. 51 percent agreed that girls are often pressured to take ‘sexy’ photos of themselves and share them; and
    5. 82 percent of teenage girls believe it is unacceptable for boyfriends to ask for explicit content although pressure to do so is now commonplace.
  4.   With Australian youth among the most digitally literate in the world, this survey shows the online world has also become a platform in which Australian young women and girls face abuse and harassment.
  5. Our Watch CEO, Mary Barry said, “The findings from this survey reinforce the need for … respectful relationships education in schools.”
  6. The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to the delivery of the Respectful Relationships Program in all government schools, under our $26 million Safe Homes, Safe Families: Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015-2020.
  7. The $30 Million National Campaign to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children will also be launched in the coming months, as a primary prevention campaign aimed at encouraging influencers such as: parents, teachers, coaches, and community leaders to reflect on how their own attitudes and behaviours around gender equality and respectful relationships are inadvertently influencing attitudes of young people.  The campaign will also encourage influencers to have conversations with young people and to intervene when they see inappropriate behaviour – rather than excusing it.