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Your senate just voted against the mandatory reporting of child abuse…

Yesterday, I put forward an amendment to the Government's detention bill that would make the reporting of child abuse…

Posted by Senator Sarah Hanson-Young on Thursday, 25 June 2015

From the link here

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES (Voted Yes), 16

Senators—

Di Natale (Greens)

Ludlam (Greens)

Rhiannon (Greens)

Waters (Greens)

Hanson-Young (Greens)

Madigan (Independent)

Rice (Greens)

Whish-Wilson (Greens)

Lazarus (Independent)

Milne (Greens)

Siewert (Greens)

Wright (Greens)

Leyonhjelm (LDP)

Muir (Independent)

Wang (PUP)

Xenophon (Independent)

(Voted No) NOES, 31

Senators—

Back (LNP)

Colbeck (LNP)

Ludwig (Labor)

Peris (Labor)

Bernardi (LNP)

Edwards (LNP)

Macdonald (LNP)

Ruston (LNP)

Bilyk (Labor)

Fawcett (LNP)

McGrath (LNP)

Seselja (LNP)

Brandis (LNP)

Gallacher (Labor)

McKenzie (LNP)

Singh (Labor)

Bullock (Labor)

Gallagher (Labor)

McLucas (Labor)

Smith (LNP)

Bushby (LNP)

Ketter (Labor)

Moore (Labor)

Sterle (Labor)

Canavan (Nationals)

Lindgren (LNP)

O‘Neill (Labor)

Williams (Nationals)

Carr (Labor)

Lines (Labor)

O‘Sullivan (LNP)

They should be ashamed of themselves and if you voted for these senators you should be letting them know it. Find their contact details here.

Edited so I can share the wording of the amendment proposed by Senator Hanson-Young, as it’s not the easiest piece of text to access

From here:

197BAA Mandatory reporting of reportable assaults
(1) If a designated person believes on reasonable grounds that a person has experienced, or is experiencing, a reportable assault, the designated person must, as soon as practicable, notify the relevant authorities of:
(a) the alleged assault; and
(b) the grounds on which the person has formed the belief that the alleged assault occurred.
Offence
(2) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person is required to make a notification under subsection (1); and
(b) the person fails to comply with the requirement.
Penalty: 60 penalty units.
Geographical jurisdiction
(3) Section 15.3 of the Criminal Code (extended geographical jurisdiction—category C) applies to an offence against subsection (2).
Interpretation
(4) In this section:
designated person means:
(a) an authorised officer; and
(b) a person appointed or employed by, or for the performance of services for:
(i) the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; or
(ii) an authority of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; and
(c) a person employed by another person or body that is contracted by the Commonwealth, or an authority of the Commonwealth, to perform services in relation to an immigration detention facility.
relevant authority means:
(a) in any case—the Department and the Australian Federal Police; and
(b) if:
(i) the victim of an alleged reportable assault is a child ; and
(ii) the alleged assault occurs in a State or Territory;
a relevant authority of the State or Territory that has functions relating to child safety; and
(c) if:
(i) the victim of an alleged reportable assault is a child; and
(ii) the alleged assault occurs in a foreign country;
a police force of the foreign country.
reportable assault means any of the following, to the extent that they occur, or allegedly occur, in an immigration detention facility:
(a) unlawful sexual contact;
(b) sexual harassment;
(c) unreasonable use of force;
(d) any other assault.

Edit again :p (5:30pm)

Okay, I’ve had my outrage, read the amendment through a few times, and feel that it needed to be better thought out, phrased, and actually discussed with Labor. Unfortunately they did not have the time for that as Cormann threatened to have the senate sit until it passes and were hell bent on rushing it through in order to stop a high court challenge on whether they are actually legally allowed to detain people offshore.

*sigh*

edit sat
Oh and also the rest of the amendment such as limiting offshore detention to 3/months doesn’t fit with labor’s need to race to the bottom and be “tough” so they couldn’t vote for it. That and the proposal to not send vulnerable people such as kids. You know because we have to treat all refugees as non persons regardless of age

Heartbreaking LiveTweets from the Human Rights Inquiry into immigration detention… #HRInquiry

Sharing because it is an awful read. And that means it needs to be shared far and wide.

On My Mind


(a soundtrack to this post…..)

In no particular order, other than the tabs open in my browser…..

  • Why do we care about Peter Greste and co’s ridiculous trial an imprisonment? Well, let’s see, if a white Aussie male can’t get justice, who can in this world? (or the Egyptian world anyway). In six months, the current regime will be the terrorists. Not saying the Muslim Brotherhood aint, I just know that in a world of suss elections and coups, the hero becomes the villain quickly. Especially when there is a silence put on freedom of press and information neither getting to the people of that country or the outside world. Peter Greste being imprisoned is not just about a few journalists being in jail, it’s about all the abhorrent things that a government or military can do when there is no-one there to report on it.
  • 152 people are on a boat in distress nearing Christmas Island. Maritime code would say if anyone is nearby, you suck up the day or so out of your schedule and you pick these poor people up and feed them til you hit the next port. But that isn’t how it works once Australia is involved, hey Tampa crew? No, we figure that since they made it all the way from their persecution in Sri Lanka or India to “our” waters, clearly we can push back that boat. You know, because a 50/50 chance of torture is still good odds once they make it back.
    Fifty percent chance of torture.
  • I used to have issues when the cops were called to assist with “behaviour management” at a special high school I visited….. no wonder these children were terrified enough to run away after their classmates go taken to immigration detention. These kids watch the news, they know the next step is offshore processing or self-immolation. I’d hide too.
  • Franz Ferdinand married for love. So cool. Here’s a lemon that looks like a hand from one of their palaces in Vienna….
    Freaky Citrus!!!
  • Six months without income is insane.
  • There better not be a wine shortage in Newcastle after this truck fire on the M1 today!

What’s on your mind today?

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