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Tuesday, 5 June 1984
Page: 2489


Senator BOSWELL —My question is addressed to the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women. I refer the Minister to the statement she made at the Brisbane Women's Information Centre on 9 April when she stated that a Green Paper on affirmative action would be released in the next couple of weeks. What is the delay? What further difficulties--

Government senators-Ha, ha!


Senator BOSWELL —I will continue my question anyhow because it has a message. Has she been asked by her leader to bury this unpopular piece of legislation or can all Australians hopefully expect that the Government has seen the error of its ways on affirmative action and that it will send affirmative action to the wastepaper basket where it belongs.


Senator RYAN —I am very pleased to see that Senator Boswell has taken such a close interest in this historic and unique social reform. No doubt he will be as delighted as all other senators and most people in the community to hear that the statement will be tabled this afternoon by the Prime Minister and simultaneously by me. If Senator Boswell would like to wait until the end of Question Time he can hear for himself in great detail how this unique and historic social reform will work. He will also be delighted to learn during that statement that it is a policy that has bipartisan support.