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Positive feedback for Australia's rural women

AFFA02/46T 4 October 2002

Australia has received very positive comments on the role of rural women in its industry leadership programs, the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Judith Troeth, announced today from the Third World Congress of Rural Women in Madrid, Spain.

"Out of the 1,500 women attending the Congress, Australia has the largest contingent behind the Spanish delegation," Senator Troeth said.

"This marks the significant progress that Australia is making in terms of building on developmental opportunities for rural women."

The Senator, who attended bilateral meetings with heads of department from the United States Department of Agriculture, as well as meeting with Spain's Secretary-General of the Ministry of Agriculture, said that both nations have been surprised by the size of the Australian contingent.

"The Spanish Secretary-General was delighted with how pro-active and organised the Australian delegation is," Senator Troeth said.

"She was interested in what she referred to as 'Australia's very clever policy' with regard to industry partnerships, and said that this approach in particular was something Spain could learn from."

The Senator went on to say that, while other nations are discussing issues concerning access to basic resources and recognition for rural women, Australia has been commended for its commitment to coaching rural women so that they can increase their contribution and take up active industry positions.

"About a third of Australian farmers are women and our country is leading the way in terms of promoting women at a national level," the Senator said.

In addition to attending day two of the Congress, Senator Troeth will be meeting with Spain's Director General of Industry for Women, Carmen de Miguel y Garcia, to further discuss issues relating to women in industry.

Proceedings of the Congress can be heard at the ABC rural website: www.abc.net.au/rural

Further media inquiries: Senator Troeth's office: Allison Murphy (02) 6277 3002 or 0408 917 639.

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