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Wednesday, 30 November 1983
Page: 3129

Question No. 700

Mr Charles asked the Minister representing the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women, upon notice, on 2 November 1983:

Further to the Prime Minister's answer to a question without notice on 6 October (Hansard, page 1444) concerning the phasing out of the National Women's Advisory Council, have some 30 organisations been invited to meet the Minister Assisting the Minister for the Status of Women (Senator Ryan) in Canberra on 9 November to consider new consultative arrangements; if so, what are the names of the organisations.

Mr Dawkins —The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

I have invited representatives of major women's organisations and interest groups to meet me in Canberra on 9 November to consider new and broader consultative arrangements for women, to replace the National Women's Advisory Council. The organisations and interest groups to be represented are:

National Council of Women of Australia

United Nations Association of Australia National Status of Women Committee

Country Women's Association

Business and Professional Women's Association


Union of Australian Women

Federation of University Women

Women's Electoral Lobby

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

ACTU Women's Committee

Federation of Aboriginal Women

Women and Development Network of Australia

Australian Women's Education Coalition

Catholic Women's League

Australian Council of Churches Commission of the Status of Women

ACTU Working Women's Centre

National Council for the Single Mother and her Child

NSW Women's Advisory Council

National Council of Jewish Women

Victorian Women's Advisory Council

Army Wives Association

War Widows Association

Women's Refuges

Civilian Widows' Association

WA Women's Advisory Council

National Women's Advisory Council

In addition, a number of other organisations in which women have a particular interest will be represented-the National Aboriginal Conference, the Australian Federation of Family Planning Associations, the Australian Pensioners Association, Disabled Peoples' International, the National Association of Community Childcare and the Ethnic Communities Council. All State Governments have also been invited to send a representative.