Federal Member for Kingston

Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development

Shadow Minister for Youth

Fighting For Us

Speeches in Parliament

SPEECH: Enhancing Online Safety (Non-consensual sharing of intimate images) Bill 2018

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (11:05): I'm very pleased to get the unexpected opportunity to speak on the Enhancing Online Safety (Non-consensual Sharing of Intimate Images) Bill 2018. This bill is a really important step in the right direction. Like the member for Sydney, who spoke earlier, something I did not have to deal with as a young person was the difficulty and some of the challenges posed by having a phone, a camera and the internet. Of course, there are a lot of benefits with the internet, but there are also some risks, and one of those risks is having intimate images of yourself shared when that is out of your control. I've spoken to a number of people to whom this has happened, and they've said that they felt so disempowered. That lack of control has a really big impact, along with shame and along with humiliation—I think those are the right words for it. It is very, very distressing.

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