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Friday, 9 December 1983
Page: 3565

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Australia in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth.

That passage of the Sex Discrimination Bill re-affirms the commitment of the Government in ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against women through:

1. Recognition of the dignity of all humans through equal rights for men and women.

2. Supporting the rights of women to choose education, employment and lifestyles beyond the traditional stereotyped concepts of the roles of men and women. The legislation in no way denies the validity of any particular role including traditional parental roles.

3. Providing legislative protection against discrimination to women living in States which have no existing discrimination legislation.

4. By acknowledging the discriminatory nature of sexual harrassment and occupational health hazard which seriously affects many women in employment.

We the undersigned believe that passage of the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983, will provide a legislative base to honour the principles of equality incorporated in the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against women.

Your petitioners, therefore humbly pray that the Honourable Senate will support the legislation.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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