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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 35


Senator PATTERSON —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

    (a)recalls that at the Victorian Australian Labor Party (ALP) state conference in March 1994 it was agreed that women must be preselected for at least 35 per cent of winnable State and Federal seats by the year 2003;

    (b)notes that in the week beginning 24 April 1994 a deal has allegedly been done in the Victorian Labor Party to ensure that a male member of the Labor Unity faction is preselected as the ALP candidate for the safe seat of Williamstown;

    (c)recognises that at the very first opportunity since the state conference to endorse a female candidate for a winnable State seat, the Victorian ALP has agreed to endorse a male candidate; and

    (d)calls on the Senate to condemn the Victorian ALP for its meaningless rhetoric regarding the entry of more women into Parliament.