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Wednesday, 25 September 1974
Page: 1382

Senator GUILFOYLE (VICTORIA) - My question, which is directed to the Minister representing the Prime Minister, concerns International Women's Year. The Government has announced a grant of $2m for relevant activities by both government departments and non-departmental organisations. A national advisory committee has been established to advise on the expenditure of the grant. I ask: Is the international seminar which the Minister for the Media announced a short time ago would be arranged as part of International Women's Year a charge against the grant? Is this seminar to be arranged by the Status of Women Commission of the United Nations or by the National Advisory Committee or by the Department of the Media? As at least 2 members of the National Advisory Committee have stated that crisis referral and counselling centres for women are typical of urgent community needs, is it envisaged that the $2m will be spent in the establishment of these services? If recognition is given to this urgent need and if the initial grant is rapidly absorbed in the establishment of such centres, will the Government assist with further funds to enable the diversity of voluntary organisations to express their priorities to accent the needs and achievements of the women of Australia?

Senator MURPHY - The issues which the honourable senator raises are very important and involve financial considerations. In fairness to her, as well as to those who are concerned, I think I should endeavour to get a precise answer on the questions. I shall do that as soon as possible.

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