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Tuesday, 5 May 1987
Page: 2307

Senator SIDDONS(3.36) —As I have been referred to in Hansard on the fortuitous or otherwise nod of the head, I just want to make clear that I support this legislation absolutely and that I do not support the Opposition's amendments. The point that Senator Chaney was making, and certainly one which I make, is that it is very unfortunate that a Bill of this sort has to be introduced into the Parliament to stamp out discrimination in the work place. That there is discrimination is beyond doubt. As has already been quoted in this debate, of the 2,500 managers of the Commonwealth Bank only 29 are women. That is obviously discrimination against women. Nobody is suggesting, I hope, that women cannot be as competent managers as men in the Commonwealth Bank. It is necessary for legislation such as this to pass through the Parliament. My hope is that this legislation will create an example through the departments, statutory authorities and so forth that this Bill applies to, so that further legislation to stamp out discrimination in the work place will be unnecessary.