The long awaited Sexual Harrassment Bill is now before the nation’s parliament for consideration.

The bill was tabled before the House of Representatives yesterday by Gender Minister, Olivia Grange.

The Bill is to be referred to a joint select committee shortly. Minister Grange says she anticipates the Bill going through the parliamentary process as quickly as possible.

She says it’s important to expedite the bill because women and men urgently need the protections that the Bill is designed to provide.

Minister Grange says the Bill is intended to protect women and men whose quality of life is affected by intimidating, hostile, or offensive environments caused by unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favours and crude sexual behaviours.

The Bill includes specific provisions to address sexual harassment in the work place and other areas of society.