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PRESS RELEASE P A R L IA M E N T O F A U S T R A L IA ยท THE SENATE

SENATOR JOCELYN NEWMAN LIBERAL SENATOR FOR TASMANIA

SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING THE LEADER ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

Summers Appointment An Act Of Desperation

Reports of the proposed appointment of Dr Anne Summers for a three month stint as a special women's adviser to the Prime Minister confirms Mr Keating's woeful credentials on issues relating to women and will not be nearly long enough to try to redress women voters' opinion of the Federal Government.8

With nothing to offer women in One Nation and, by his own admission, at a loss as to how to address women's needs in a changing world, the Prime Minister is appointing Dr Summers to plug an unpluggable hole. This hole has grown considerably larger with the success of the Fightback! package and the many positive initiatives it contains for women. *

The proposed new appointment also reflects the Prime Minister's clear lack of confidence in his Minister advising him on the Status of Women, Wendy Fatin.

Ms Fatin's hysterical attempt to answer a question without notice at the start of this month would hardly have engendered confidence in her ability to market the Government's women's policies.

But, of course, in this regard Ms Fatin has an impossible task - any jobs created by One Nation will be in the construction and transport industries - historically almost totally male industries. One Nation confirmed that the Government has no new women's policies to market.

By contrast, Fightback! offers significant improvements for women in the areas of superannuation, employment opportunities, child care, the family, health, respite care and education.

In the three months available to her to tackle the Keating Government's low level of support among women, Dr Summers should be advising Mr Keating that the initiatives from Fightback! for women are just what are needed to address the changing needs of women today.

Australian women are not fools to be deluded by a media campaign. They blame Mr Keating for their economic difficulties and no amount of bread and circuses will convince them otherwise.

29th April 1992

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH

Further information: Senator Newman [06] 277 3660