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Wednesday, 10 April 1946

Mr SHEEHAN (Cook) .- In November, 1943, the Australian Women's Conference for Victory in War and Victory in Peace was held in Sydney. Ninetythree organizations were represented. Among the subjects considered and upon which resolutions were adopted and incorporated in the Australian Women's Charter were the following : - " Women in War and Peace ", " Women in Public Life", "Women at the Peace Conference ", " Equal Rights Legislation ",

Employment and Social ' Security ", "Health", "Education", "Housing", "Child Care", "Birth-rate", "Legal Reforms", "Divorce", "Widows' Pensions " and " The Census '". It was originally intended that that conference should be an international one, and the then Prime Minister, the late Mr. Curtin, was asked to authorize the invitation of delegates from Great Britain, the Soviet Union, China, India and the United States of America, but, owing to travel restrictions, the attendance of delegates from those countries was impossible. The organization intends to hold an international women's conference in August next year. A. copy of the agenda, which I have received from the organization, sets out that at the conference it is proposed to report on and consider the San Francisco Conference, the International

Women's Democratic Conference in Paris in November, 1945, the All Women's India Conference, held at Hyderabad, India, in January, 1946, and the Australian Women's Charter, 1943, and to hear addresses by visiting delegates. All women's organizations in Australia have been invited to subscribe to the Australian Women's Charter and to assist in entertaining the delegates whom it is proposed to invite from overseas, to ensure that they shall be catered for in a truly Australian fashion. I urge the Commonwealth Government to provide financial assistance in the valuable work that- this international conference of women will do.

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