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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 12 Hansard (28 October) . .

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Unsurprisingly, but still quite appallingly, the chamber of commerce have come out against the application. They have said on their webpage:

Domestic violence is a delicate issue that requires delicate handling by government.

We need to tackle this issue as a community, not simply by putting new laws in the statute books.

I find that quite incredible. I wonder which community the Australian chamber of commerce is in; perhaps it is not part of this one.

I encourage all members of the Assembly to read Jenna Price's article in the Canberra Times where she tells some stories about some people's experiences with domestic violence but also tells some really inspiring stories about women who were assisted by their employer when they were faced with an extremely traumatic situation. Jenna Price, near the end of her article, says:

How remarkable it would be if every single employer in Australia would behave the same way. Wish the ACTU Godspeed as this claim makes its way through the Fair Work Commission award review process.

She ends by saying:

We imagine we don't all experience domestic violence. And it's true, we don't all suffer the bruises. But it affects our neighbours and our colleagues—and so it affects us all.

I encourage everybody to join up to the campaign. They can do that by going onto the website australianunions.org.au/whiteribbon.

Indonesia

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (4.52): I recently had the pleasure of opening the Indonesia Fair and business forum at the National Convention Centre with His Excellency Mr Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia. It was a fabulous opportunity to explore the rich traditions of Indonesia and for Canberrans to learn of the dynamic business opportunities in Indonesia.

Australia's relationship with Indonesia is one of our most important for so many reasons. It is one of our nearest neighbours. Its rapidly growing economy, serving 245 million people, is among the 20 largest economies in the world. It is a major trading partner of Australia, and its influence is growing internationally. It is the world's largest predominantly Muslim nation, and it is one of the world's largest democracies, as evidenced by last week's swearing in of the new President, Joko Widodo.

President Widodo is Indonesia's seventh President since the Indonesians fought the Dutch to regain their independence after World War II. Notably, this is the first time a directly elected President has handed over power to a successor, and marks a


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