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Government seeks women's views on the environment

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NEWS RELEASE The Hon Wendy Fatin MR Minister for Local Government ,

Minister Assist! nc^the Prime Minister for the Status of Women

August 30, 1991


The Federal Government hopes to canvass up to one million women for their views on conservation and the environment.

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women, the Hon Wendy Fatin MP, said that national debate on the environment had to include women’s interests at all levels.

A three-month series of consultations organised by the National Women’s Consultative Council (NWCC) is expected to be completed by the end of September. The results will be presented to the Government for consideration in the Ecologically Sustainable Development process in November.

Speaking today at one consultation in Newman, Western Australia, Ms Fatin said that women made major environmental decisions every day - from waste disposal and green shopping to tree planting and compost recycling.

"They are also directly affected by decisions on the environment," she said, "and we need to ensure that a greener future does not involve an increase in our household burdens.

"What we must strive for is more efficient use of the resources available to us, not a return to the domestic drudgery of the past."

Women and the environment is addressed in this year’s National Agenda for Women Implementation Report for the first time, and the Office of the Status of Women has prepared a discussion paper on women and Ecologically Sustainable Development - "Engendering the Debate".

Ms Fatin has asked the NWCC to consult women on the following issues:

. conservation of energy and water;

. waste disposal and recycling; and

. purchase and use of goods and services.

The NWCC’s report will contribute to a statement on Women and the Environment to be presented at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.

Contact: Ruth Dewsbury (06) 277 7240