Senator HANSON-YOUNG: I, and on behalf of Senator Moore, move the motion as amended:

That the Senate notes the growing public and industry concern relating to the allegations of sexism, sexual harassment and assault within the Australian media and arts industry following the Harvey Weinstein scandals in Hollywood, and;

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(a) Calls on broadcasters and independent production companies to outline what steps they have taken and what steps they will take to stamp out the insidious culture of enabling sexual harassers, abusers and misogynistic bullies in their industry by not making a stand or holding perpetrators accountable, highlighted by the horrific accounts come to light this week;

(b) Asks broadcasters and independent production companies to consider the corporate reputational damage for inaction on sexual harassment in the workplace;

(c) Calls on all broadcasters and independent production companies to commit to ending the culture of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace;

(d) Acknowledges the brave people, mostly women, who were victim to despicable behaviour from their colleagues and superiors; and

(e) Encourages diversity and inclusion across race, gender, sexuality, ability and region in broadcasting in an effort to foster respectful and considerate workplaces.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (15:39): I have an amendment that I wish to make to this motion. Could I seek leave to do that, at the request of the opposition?

The PRESIDENT: Is leave granted?

Honourable senators interjecting

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: I tried to circulate it and I was told I had to do it on the floor.

Honourable senators interjecting

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: Yes, I’ll read it out to you.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted to read out the amendment rather than to necessarily move it, Senator Hanson-Young.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: Thank you. It’s just a change to point (a). I will just read it. It says: ‘Calls on broadcasters and independent production companies to outline what steps they have taken, and what steps they will take, to stamp out the insidious culture of enabling sexual harassers, abusers and misogynistic bullies in their industry by not making a stand or holding perpetrators accountable, highlighted by the horrific accounts that have come to light this week.’ Then, in point (c), it inserts the words ‘independent production companies’ and ‘calls on all broadcasters and independent production companies to commit to ending the culture of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. I would like to add Senator Moore’s name to the motion, as well.

The PRESIDENT: Can I just clarify? You referred to paragraph (a), Senator Hanson-Young. Have you removed that? That appeared to be an amendment to paragraph (b).

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: Sorry. Yes, that’s correct.

The PRESIDENT: So paragraph (a) is removed in motion 615 and paragraph (b) is amended in the terms you just read out.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: No, it’s because ‘the Senate notes’ has been formatted in a more correct way, so it’s just a preamble. That was originally paragraph (a). It then goes (a), (b), (c), (d), (e).

The PRESIDENT: So it gets renumbered from (b) to be paragraph (a) and amended in the terms—

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: Perfect. Thank you, Mr President.

Chamber Senate on 29/11/2017Item MOTIONS – Sexual Harassment Speaker: Hanson-Young, Sen Sarah/ Source: Parliament of Australia Website 2017 Transcript and Photo used for reporting News (CC Copyright Information)