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Tuesday, 4 October 1983
Page: 1238

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled.

The Petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth:

(a) that the Australian Government signed the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women in Copenhagen in 1980;

(b) that the Convention came into force on 3 September, 1981;

(c) that Australian women suffer serious disadvantage in employment, education, accommodation, membership of licensed clubs, provision of goods and services including services relating to banking, insurance and the provisions of grants, loans, credit or finance;

(d) that this disadvantage could be overcome by (i) making unlawful certain discrimination on the grounds of sex and maritial status, (ii) eliminating discrimination on the ground of sex and maritial status and (iii) promoting affirmative action for women in employment;

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Parliament pass the Sex and Maritial Status Discrimination Bill 1981.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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