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Friday, 15 June 1984
Page: 3125


Senator RYAN (Minister for Education and Youth Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women) —by leave-Mr Deputy President, I have pleasure in tabling the National Women's Advisory Council's annual report for 1982-83. Honourable senators will be aware that last year the Government decided to phase out the National Women's Advisory Council, and this is therefore its final annual report. The extent of our commitment to women and the range of our policies make it appropriate for us to develop a more ambitious consultative structure. We have instituted a new multi- tiered system of consultation with women to broaden the range of views coming to the Government on the status of women matters.

In tabling this final report of the Council I would like to place on record my deep appreciation of its work and of the women who served on it. I would like to pay a special tribute to the two convenors of the Council-Mrs Quentin Bryce, who is now heading the Queensland Women's Information Service which I opened in Brisbane on 19 April 1984, and Dame Beryl Beaurepaire, who constantly highlighted status of women matters when they were not a priority with the previous Government. Outstanding research work undertaken by the National Women' s Advisory Council will be published over the next few months. I have today written to all members of the Council to express my appreciation of their contribution and commitment to raising the status of women.

As part of the Government's new strategy for consultations with women in the community I am announcing today the membership of the National Women's Consultative Council. Members of the Council are being drawn from women's organisations and other organisations with large numbers of women members who are committed to raising the status of women. Mrs Edith Hall of Victoria will be the convenor of the National Women's Consultative Council and membership of the Council will be as follows:

Joyce Thurgood (New South Wales) Association of Civilian Widows

Marie Tulip (New South Wales) Australian Council of Churches

Jennie George (New South Wales) Australian Council of Trade Unions

Faye Lo Po (New South Wales) New South Wales Women's Advisory Council

Beryl Ashe (New South Wales) Australian Council of Trade Unions

Diane Alley (Victoria) National Council of Women of Australia

Lee Reid-Smith (Victoria) Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia

Margaret Wirrpanda (Victoria) Federation of Aboriginal Women

Gail Pritchard (Victoria) Disabled Peoples International

Patricia Harper (Victoria) Victorian Women's Advisory Council

Beverley Perel (Queensland) Australian Federation of Business and Professional Women

Joan Ross (Queensland) Union of Australian Women

Margaret Mallard (Western Australia) National Aboriginal Conference

Dorothy Goodrick (Western Australia) Western Australia Women's Advisory Council

Lesley Yates (South Australia) Australian Union of Students

Stephanie Key (South Australia) South Australia Women's Consultative Committees

Vera Norris (Tasmania) Country Women's Association

Jo Moylan (Northern Territory) Women's Electoral Lobby

Wendy James (Northern Territory) Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council

Joyce McConnell (Australian Capital Territory) Australian Federation of University Women