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Thursday, 23 August 1984
Page: 251

Senator COATES —I ask the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women a question about the Government's advertising campaign for the Sex Discrimination Act. What response has there been to that campaign? Are many complaints being received under the Sex Discrimination Act?

Senator RYAN —The Attorney-General seems very anxious to answer this question, since the Act is now under his administration.

Senator GARETH EVANS —Since I am the one who has the brief on the question. Be fair. My Act came into force on 1 August. The Government advertised the new Act with advertisements in all metropolitan daily newspapers and the provincial and country Press, in ethnic newspapers and with the distribution of a booklet. The booklet is being sent to key people and organisations affected by the legislation, to employers, club secretaries, trade unions, educational institutions, and so on. It is also being distributed through post offices throughout Australia. I am advised that the campaign has proved extraordinarily successful. So far there have been over 45,000 requests for the booklet outlining the provisions of the Act, and hundreds of requests for information. The Sex Discrimination Commissioner has received 314 requests for assistance under the Act and there have been 36 registered complaints, of which two have already been resolved.