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Tuesday, 8 March 2005
Page: 50


Senator FAULKNER (3:51 PM) —I move:

   That the Senate notes that:

(a)   8 March 2005 is the 30th anniversary of the United Nations officially celebrating International Women’s Day;

(b)   8 March 2005 is also the 30th anniversary of Mr Gough Whitlam becoming the first Australian Prime Minister to launch International Women’s Day, which had first been celebrated by Australian women in 1928; and

(c)   the Whitlam Government, as well as becoming the first Australian Government to officially support International Women’s Day, took a number of steps to end discrimination against women in Australian society, including re-opening the equal pay case, mandating equal opportunities for women in federal government employment and appointing women to judicial and administrative positions.

Question agreed to.