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Notice given 8 February 2006

368  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Committee’s 34th session was held in New York from 16 January to 3 February 2006,

(ii) the 34th session examined the Australian Government’s combined fourth and fifth periodic reports on 30 January 2006, and the Australian non-government organisation (NGO) shadow report on the Implementation of CEDAW, prepared by the Women’s Rights Action Network Australia and endorsed by more than 100 organisations, on 23 January 2006,

(iii) the shadow report acknowledged that there ‘have been clear improvements in the status of women during this reporting cycle’, but a number of challenges remain for women in Australia, particularly in the areas of violence against women, leadership and political participation, law and justice, housing and utilities, health, education, and economic security and employment, and

(iv) the shadow report makes a number of recommendations in each of these areas, noting changes which must be implemented if CEDAW is to be fully realised in Australia;

(b) congratulates all those involved in contributing to and compiling the Australian NGO shadow report; and

(c) calls on the Government to implement the recommendations contained in the shadow report before the Australian Government presents its combined fifth and sixth periodic reports to the CEDAW Committee in 2008.

On 27 March 2006

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Aged Care (Bond Security) Bill 2005, the Aged Care (Bond Security) Levy Bill 2005 and the Aged Care Amendment (2005 Measures No. 1) Bill 2005. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Electoral Integrity and Other Measures) Bill 2005. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

 

 3  Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Bill 2005. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Government Business—Order of the Day

Aged Care (Bond Security) Bill 2005

Aged Care (Bond Security) Levy Bill 2005

Aged Care Amendment (2005 Measures No. 1) Bill 2005— ( Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Ellison )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Ellison, 9 February 2006 ).

General Business—Notice of Motion