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Thursday, 19 November 1936

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - The Opposition welcomes this bill, out reserves its right to ask for information in committee, if. it be required. I suppose that everything comes in good time if we are prepared to wait for it, but I am disappointed that the Government has t: ken so long to give a measure of ratification to a convention which was passed six years ago. I, myself, and, I think, my r.0 leagues in the Labour party, since we were able to think at all, have been in favour of giving to women legal status and rights equal to those of men. Of course, it is well-known that our desires go a good deal further than this bill goes, but I should not be in order if I introduced that phase at the present time. This bill will be welcomed by women's organizations throughout Australia, and for the reasons that I have stated the Opposition will support it and give it as speedy passage as is possible.

Sitting, suspended from 6.14- to 8 p.m.

Debate (on motion by Senator Duncan-Hughes) adjourned.

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