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Thursday, 1 December 1983
Page: 3133

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That passage of the Sex Discrimination Bill will reaffirm the commitment of the Australian Government in ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women through:

1. Recognition of the dignity of all people through equal rights for women and men.

2. Supporting the rights of women to choose education, employment and lifestyles beyond stereotyped concepts of the roles of the sexes in society. The legislation in no way denies the validity of any particular role, including traditional parental roles. Instead, it recognises the democratic right of all Australians to fully participate in the life of the community.

3. Providing legislative protection against discrimination to women living in States which have no existing anti-discrimination legislation. In this way, it recognises that many Australian women are disadvantaged by discriminatory practices, and particularly recognises the problem of sexual harassment.

We, the undersigned, believe that passage of the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 will provide a legislative base to honour the principles of equality incorporated in the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and will thus contribute towards making ours a more truly democratic society.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the honourable members of the House of Representatives will support the legislation.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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