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Thursday, 3 November 1983
Page: 2295


Mr MAHER —My question is directed to the Prime Minister. Has he received a letter, the contents of which were published in one newspaper, from the Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn raising possible interpretations of various sections of the Sex Discrimination Bill, which has not yet been debated in this House? What action is he taking in relation to the Archbishop's comments?


Mr HAWKE —Yes, I have received a lengthy letter-I will not say epistle-from the Archbishop in which he does raise matters of concern. From my first study of the document I think there are some matters of substance in respect of which, at least prima facie, I would like to consider the possibility of some degree of accommodation. Because I take the contents of the letter seriously and because I hold the writer in very high esteem I have arranged to meet with him and his representatives in the near future to discuss the matters raised by him.