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Thursday, 5 December 1974

On 2 May 1974 the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission extended the adult minimum wage to women; the full implementation of this decision is to be achieved by 30 June 1975. The extension of the adult minimum wage to women, a long overdue step towards establishing equal pay for women and recognising the economic needs, rights and responsibilities of women, was given full support by the Government in the 1974 National Wage Case.

Committees on Discrimination in Employment and Occupation.

The National Committee on Discrimination in Employment and Occupation and its counterparts on the State level have been in operation over a year. It is notable that so far most of the Committee's business has been handling complaints from women, ranging from recruiting advertisements and the denial of housing loans to women to the complaint that women's jobs have been classified on the basis of sex and command lower rates of pay than equivalent jobs for men.

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