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.

(3)         On the 28 April, the Commonwealth Government launched a new website which is aimed at empowering women to take control online and protect themselves from technology-facilitated abuse.

(4)         The site, www.eSafety.gov.au/women was made possible under the $100 million Women’s Safety Package and developed by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.

(5)         The website offers practical advice on how to check security settings across all digital devices, including smartphones and tablets, wearables and internet-connected health devices. The site also provides tips on how to deal with serious online abuse such as cyber stalking, trolling, and sharing intimate images without consent, often referred to as ‘revenge porn’.

(6)         This initiative complements the recent launch of the Council of Australian Government’s National Campaign to break the cycle of family violence.

(7)         The Hodgman Liberal Government has contributed $330,000 as part to the campaign.

(8)         The National Campaign encourages adults to reflect on their attitudes and behaviours and have conversations about respect with young people. As parents, teachers, coaches, employers and role models, we can all have a positive influence on young people and set the standard for what is and what’s not acceptable, right from the start.

(9)         The National Campaign will include television, radio and print advertising, public relations, community engagement and education initiatives.  Further information is available at the National Campaign website www.respect.gov.au