Dr MEHREEN FARUQI ( 10:13 ): I move:
(1)That this House notes that:
(a)on 1 August 2017, the Australian Human Rights Commission launched the ‘National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities 2017’;
(b)the report found that sexual assault and sexual harassment are far too prevalent in university settings, as they are in the broader community, and there is significant underreporting of sexual assault and sexual harassment to universities;
(c)the report found that women, trans, gender-diverse, gay, lesbian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and those with a disability were more likely to be sexually assaulted in a university setting;
(d)the commission has made nine recommendations to universities, including improving institutional responses to sexual assault and harassment and conducting independent reviews to address the high incidence of sexual violence at residential colleges; and
(e)sexual harassment and assault is an act of violence that traumatises people, and institutional failure to respond compounds the suffering.
(2)That this House recognises:
(a)the right of everyone to an education free of violence and harassment; and
(b)the decades of work by university students, women’s collectives and advocates on campuses across New South Wales who have persistently fought to bring the issues of sexual assault and harassment to the forefront.
3)That this House calls on all universities that have campuses in New South Wales to:
(a)immediately act upon all the nine recommendations from the Human Rights Commission; and
(b)actively build and promote a culture on campus that does not tolerate sexual assault, violence or harassment of any form.
Motion agreed to.