On 25 November 2015 the Senate referred the following matters to the
Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee (the committee) for
inquiry and report by 24 August 2016:
- the role of gender
inequality in all spheres of life in contributing to the prevalence of domestic
- the role of gender
stereotypes in contributing to cultural conditions which support domestic
violence, including, but not limited to, messages conveyed to children and
young people in:
the marketing of toys and other products,
- the role of government
initiatives at every level in addressing the underlying causes of domestic
violence, including the commitments under, or related to, the National Plan to
Reduce Violence against Women and their Children; and
- any other related matters.
The inquiry was not completed when the Senate and the House of
Representatives were dissolved on 9 May 2016 for a general election on 2 July 2016.
When Parliament resumed, the committee recommended to the Senate that the
inquiry be re-referred in the 45th Parliament with a reporting date
of 24 November 2016. This recommendation was agreed by the Senate.
The committee has decided to report early.
Previous committee inquiry
During the 44th Parliament, from June 2014, the committee
undertook a comprehensive inquiry into domestic violence, reporting on 20
August 2015. The committee does not intend to replicate that inquiry but to focus
on the issue of gender inequality as per the terms of reference. The
committee's previous report is available from the committee website.
Conduct of the inquiry
The committee advertised the inquiry on its website. In addition, the
committee invited submissions from individuals, organisations and government
departments by 31 March 2016, although the committee accepted
submissions after this date.
The committee received 76 public submissions. A list of individuals and
organisations which made public submissions, together with other information
authorised for publication by the committee, is at Appendix 1.
Submissions may be accessed through the committee website at: www.aph.gov.au/senate_fpa.
The committee thanks those individuals and organisations who made
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