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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
Page: 2080

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

The humble petition of the undersigned Electors of the Commonwealth of Australia respectfully showeth:

1. A Bill is now pending in your honourable House intituled ''A Bill for An Act relating to discrimination on the ground of sex, marital status or pregnancy or involving sexual harassment''.

2. Your petitioners say that the effects of certain provisions of the Bill if enacted into law will be to enable persons to coerce women to engage in paid employment, and to surrender the care of their children to child care institutions, to grant rights to foreign persons upon a United Nations Commission to enter upon Australian Territory with powers to inspect investigate and to seek to influence, to report and recommend, with the object of procuring total employment of Australian women, and that all of these things will lead to the elimination of the traditional family unit.

3. That your petitioners say that the Bill if passed into law as it now stands will be insulting to the women of Australia, harmful to our families, and a grievous interference with the freedom of the Australian citizens.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Bill may not be allowed to pass into law as it now stands.

And your petitioners as in duty bound, will ever pray.

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