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.

Notice of Motion – Male Champions of Change – Practical Guide for Workplace Responses to Domestic and Family Violence

Notice of Motion – Male Champions of Change – Practical Guide for Workplace Responses to Domestic and Family Violence
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
17 November, 2015


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

  1.  In an Australian first, members of the Male Champions of Change who employ a collective 600,000 employees have worked with experts to create a practical guide for workplaces looking to respond to domestic and family violence. Playing Our Part: Workplace Responses to Domestic and Family Violence calls on all leaders to “Play Their Part” in reducing the prevalence and impact of domestic and family violence.
  2. As Champions of Change Chair, businesswoman, advocate and former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick said, Playing Our Part is significant because this is the first time the nation’s most powerful business leaders including Telstra, KPMG, Deloitte and Qantas, have come together to acknowledge domestic violence as a workplace issue and are committed to taking practical action to reduce the prevalence and impact of such violence, and to sharing what they have learned.
  3. Today, around 1.4 million Australian women are living in an abusive relationship or have done so in the past, with around 800,000 in the paid workforce. Economic factors are the most significant predictor of whether a woman experiencing domestic violence remains, escapes, or returns to an abusive relationship.
  4. Playing our Part describes practical actions that organisations can take to reduce the prevalence and impact of domestic and family violence, supported by examples of responses from Male Champions of Change organisations.
  5. To reduce the prevalence and impact of domestic and family violence the Tasmanian Government has provisions for family violence leave, as well as a range of support mechanisms and training for managers and employees.
  6. Further, under Safe Homes, Safe Families, Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan all Tasmanian Government departments will undertake the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program. To date, the Departments of Premier and Cabinet, Treasury and Finance, and Police and Emergency Management have all passed the first phase of the accreditation process, with other agencies to follow in the future.

 

Notice of Motion – Launch of Framework for the Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children

Notice of Motion – Launch of Framework for the Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
17 November, 2015


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

  1. Our Watch, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) has launched the world’s first evidence based anti-violence domestic violence framework to enable a consistent and integrated national approach to prevent violence against women and their children.
  2. The Framework: Change the Story, an initiative under the National Place to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children:
    1. Outlines the latest evidence on what causes violence against women and their children;
    2. Represents more than 400 diverse stakeholder groups from around the country;
    3. Outlines what actions work to prevent violence against women and their children, in different sectors, from the individual to societal level;
    4. Looks at how different forms of disadvantage and discrimination can interact, and how prevention activity should take this into account; and
    5. Articulates the elements of a coordinated approach to prevention across jurisdictions and sectors.
  3. The Framework and related video show that to Change the Story, we must begin with gender inequality and respect.
  4. As Our Watch Chair, Natasha Stott Despoja said, “With Change the Story we are better placed than ever before to end violence against women and children in Australia. As we have seen with other major social changes, such as smoking prevention and the wearing of seat-belts, we need governmental, organisational and systemic change across the community”.
  5. The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to working with Our Watch, ANROWS, the Commonwealth and other states and territories governments, and the community generally to enable an integrated national approach to prevent violence against women and their children, by changing attitudes, supporting victims, and holding perpetrators to account.

Notice of Motion – International Day of People with a Disability 2015

Notice of Motion – International Day of People with a Disability 2015
Minister for Human Services, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
29 October, 2015


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

  1. Thursday 3 December is the 23rd anniversary of International Day of People with Disability, with the theme for 2015 being “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities”.
  2. Celebrated annually, International Day of People with Disability plays an important role in promoting the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of Australian life and encourages support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
  3. It is also a day to celebrate the many contributions people with disability make in our community.
  4. Businesses, clubs and individuals are encouraged to organise an event to celebrate the Day, with Event registrations for International Day of People with Disability now open, and events registered before 18 November will receive a promotional pack for their celebrations.
  5. To register an event or to get more information, please visit the International Day of People with Disability website www.idpwd.com.au, or call 1800 400 385.
  6. The National Disability Awards (the Awards) are also held each year as part of the International Day of People with Disability celebrations.
  7. The Awards aim to honour and recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations that have improved the lives of people with disability and thereby contributed to increased recognition of equality and human rights for all Australians.
  8. The Award categories celebrate and acknowledge people and organisations who demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting people with disability to achieve their goals.
  9. This year, the awards ceremony will be held at Parliament House in Canberra on 25 November.
  10. The finalists for the 2015 National Disability Awards includes the Wynyard Yacht Club Inc, Tasmania.
  11. We congratulate Wynyard Yacht Club for this achievement and wish them all the very best at the Awards.

Notice of Motion – Community Housing Limited (CHL) Scholarships

Notice of Motion – Community Housing Limited (CHL) Scholarships
Minister for Human Services, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
28 October, 2015


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

  1. The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to achieving better community housing outcomes and partnerships.
  2. The Better Housing Futures program has seen around 4 000 public housing properties transferred to four community housing organisations in Tasmania, including Community Housing Limited (CHL) with 1 188 properties in the suburbs of Ravenswood, Waverley, Rocherlea, Mayfield and Mowbray.
  3. CHL has shown a strong commitment over the past 12 months to these communities and worked closely in engaging with them through community development programs including the Pioneer Parade Community Garden, Rocherlea Community Fun Day, Ravenswood Aus-Kick program and the Waverley Fishing Festival. Additionally CHL has delivered 3 traineeships to residents from BHF areas in tenancy management, upgraded smoke alarms and installed more than 120 heat pumps in these properties.
  4. On 24th October, CHL announced the Inaugural Community Housing Limited Tasmanian Scholarship Program, the objectives of which is to target 12-18-year olds in Better Housing Future suburbs to help create equity and access to opportunities to advance education, skills building, employment, health, wellbeing and social inclusion through fundraising and offering scholarships in the performing arts, sporting and educational areas that may have been financially unachievable otherwise.
  5. The four recipients of the inaugural scholarships are:
    1. Hamish Wooders
    2. Legana Hughes
    3. Sam Kopper
    4. Callum Harrison.
  6. These four young people have been given a chance to get closer to their future dreams because of Steve Bevington and his CHL team and also thank you to Ricky Ponting and Daniel Geale for adding their sporting horsepower and insights to this initiative.

Notice of Motion – Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s of the Year Awards 2015

Notice of Motion – Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s of the Year Awards 2015
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
27 October, 2015


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

    1. The 2015 Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Awards were held on Friday 16 October 2015.
    2. The Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise the many Tasmanian Women who are excelling in business and government. This is the twenty first year of the Awards, making it the longest standing national business awards program for women in Australia.
    3. The strength of the finalists and indeed the number of outstanding Tasmanian businesswomen in our state makes the presentation of the 2015 Tasmanian Business Women of the Year Award to Beth Mathison, recognition of the highest quality.
    4. The Award Winners were:

2015 Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year, Beth Mathison, who also won the Entrepreneur Award.

Government & Academia Award, Jenny Self, the Hutchins School

For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award, Susan Fahey, Women’s Legal Service Tasmania

Private & Corporate Sector Award, Naomi Walsh, Venarchie Contracting

Start-up Award, Karen Burbury, Cataract on Paterson

Young Business Women’s Award, Hanny Allston, Find Your Feet

5.  I congratulate Beth Mathison and all of the Tasmanian Telstra Business Women Award Finalists and Category Winners, and wish them all the very best for the National Finals on 18 November, in Melbourne.



Notice of Motion – OurWatch Launch of New Youth Campaign

Notice of Motion – OurWatch Launch of New Youth Campaign
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
27 October, 2015


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

  1.  Our Watch research has found that 1 in 4 young people aged 12 to 24 hold attitudes that put them at risk of perpetrating, excusing or tolerating violence against women and girls.
  2. As Our Watch CEO Paul Linossier said, “these young people are comfortable with coercive and disrespectful behaviours, are more likely to justify violence, and believe that being masculine means exerting power and control over their partners. For example, these young people are more likely to keep, post, share and distribute nude photos of their ex-partner after a break-up. I in 4 say they would show the photos to their mates, and 15% say they would send the photos to the girl’s parents.”
  3. These troubling statistics have prompted Our Watch to launch a new national campaign, ‘You can’t undo violence’, to challenge young people’s attitudes about violence against women and girls. The campaign is part of The Line, a national initiative that encourages young people to reject violence, and develop healthy, respectful and equal relationships.
  4. Our Watch has found that one of the best chances to change these worrying attitudes is to engage young people when they are having their first relationships. The campaign sends the message that there is no excuse for violence. It defines what behaviours cross the line and shows that violence takes many forms: physical violence; sexual violence, emotional abuse, shaming and bullying, and controlling behaviour.
  5. Luke Ablett, former Sydney Swans player and Ambassador for The Line, said that too many people think to be a ‘man’ means being violent, and that young people’s attitudes reflect the messages they get from family, peers, popular culture and society more broadly. “Boys and girls, men and women, need positive, strong role models who challenge these outdated ideas of gender and promote more equal relationships between males and females.”
  6. The campaign encourages young people, parents and role models to visit The Line’s website to find out about the facts, myths, types and impacts of violence; and how they can take action to reject violence. Most importantly, if someone has crossed the line, there is support available so people can choose not to do it again.
  7. The Hodgman Liberal Government were very pleased to commit $88,000 in the 15-16 State Budget to joining Our Watch, and we are already working with the organisation on the delivery of The Line, and as a member of Our Watch, to have access to more resources and awareness-raising opportunities into the future.