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Thursday, 7 May 1987
Page: 2876


Mr MOORE(10.38) —by leave-I move:

(2) Clause 3, page 4, after the definition of ``export auction'' insert the following definition:

`` `forward estimate' means a quantitative measure or aim, which may be expressed in numerical terms, designed to achieve equality of opportunity for women in employment matters, being a measure or aim that can reasonably be implemented by the relevant employer within a specified time;''.

(3) Clause 3, page 4, after the definition of ``member of Parliament'' insert the following definition:

`` `objective' means a qualitative measure or aim, expressed as a general principle, designed to achieve equality of opportunity for women in employment matters, being a measure or aim that can reasonably be implemented by the relevant employer within a specified time;''.

(4) Clause 3, page 5, lines 4-8, omit paragraph (c) of the definition of ``policy action'', substitute the following paragraph:

``(c) to set objectives and make forward estimates in the program;''.

The amendments in this case go back to our approach to the Affirmative Action (Equal Employment Opportunity for Women) Act of 1986 that we supported. We affirm our commitment to equal opportunity in employment and our commitment to avoid moving towards positive discrimination. The Wool Marketing Bill sets up its equal employment opportunity program in a different fashion from the Equal Employment Opportunity (Commonwealth Authorities) Bill. The Wool Marketing Bill does so in the following manner: It requires the Corporation, under clause 41, to develop and implement an EEO program, and, under clause 42, to take whatever action is necessary to give effect to that program. An EEO program is defined as a program designed to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to eliminate discrimination and to promote equal opportunity, and is to include provision for positive action. That is in clause 3 (1).

Positive action is defined to be an action, inter alia, to set quantitative and other indicators against which the effectiveness of the program is to be assessed. Hence the implication that the Corporation is obliged to adopt quotas. If we remove from the contents of the EEO program the requirement to set quantitative and other indicators against which the effectiveness of the program is to be assessed, we are removing the source of implication. By replacing it with the words of the 1986 Act, the Corporation will be required to make a qualitative estimate.

Motion (by Mr Kerin) put:

That the question be now put.