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Thursday, 9 December 1999
Page: 11557


Senator HARRADINE (9:42 AM) —During the debate on the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 1999 , I raised the issue of breastfeeding. Senator Ian Campbell provided me with a response that had been prepared by Mr Reith. I have looked at that. I believe Senator Ian Campbell tabled the document at the time. I notice that in the schedule that is before us now there is included potential pregnancy or breastfeeding and I think that is a very important issue to be included. I thank the chamber.

Like the previous speaker, I too will be very interested in what might come before us in the form of the disallowable instrument that is mentioned in the amendments currently before us. It is important for us to be scrutinising very carefully those pregnancy equity standards. As I say, like Senator Mackay, I will be very interested to see what the government has in mind and will be keeping this under review—as I am sure the whole of the parliament will. I acknowledge the readiness of Senator Ian Campbell to take up that other matter.