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Inaugural meeting of the National Women's Consultative Council

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The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women, Senator Susan Ryan, today welcomed the 21 members to the first meeting of the new National Women's Consultative Council.

She said the work of the Council will be central in ensuring that women's voices are heard in the development and implementation of Government policies.

The Council members are drawn from women's organisations and other national organisations with large numbers of women members who are committed to raising the Status of Women.

"It is not easy to devise effective mechanisms for grass-roots consultations, but it seems to me that you represent as diverse and wide a range a women's interests as we could have hoped to gather together in a workable group," Senator Ryan said on opening the Council's consultations.

The Convenor of the new Council is Mrs Edith Hall. Executive Director of the Paraplegic and Quadraplegic Association of Victoria.

Other members are:

Joyce Thurgood Marie Tulip Jennie George Faye Lopo

Beryl Ashe Diane Alley Lee Reid-Smith

Margaret Wirrpanda Gail Pritchard Patricia Harper Beverly Perel

Joan Ross Margaret Mallard Dorothy Goorick Lesley Yates

Stephanie Key Vera Norris Jo Mylan Wendy James

Joyce McConnell

NSW Association of Civilian Widows NSW Australian Council of Churches NSW Australian Council of Trade Unions NSW NSW Women's Advisory Council NSW Australian Council of Trade Unions VIC National Council of Women of Australia VIC Federation of Ethnic Communities'

Councils of Australia VIC Federation of Aboriginal Women VIC Disabled Peoples International VIC Victorian Women's Advisory Council QLD Australian Federation of Business and

Professional Women QLD Union of Australia Women WA National Aboriginal Conference WA National Aboriginal Conference

SA Australian Union of Students SA Australian Union of Students TAS Country Women's Association of Australia NT Women's Electoral Lobby NT Women's ADvisory Council ACT Australian Federation of University


Senator Ryan said she particularly seeks the Council's advice and assistance in a number of key areas. These are Budget initiatives for women. Matrimonial Property, activities and programs of continuing benefit for women for the End of Decade Celebrations, and child care.

During the Council's inaugural two day meeting it will select two members to represent the views of women's organisations on the Working Party which will monitor the progress of the Affirmative Action Pilot Program and eventually formulate legislation for the

Government to consider.

July 11. 1984