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Thursday, 11 May 1989
Page: 2234


Senator VALLENTINE —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) recognises the original intention of the founder of Mothers' Day in 1870 as a day of peace;

(b) understands that Julia Howe of Boston, USA, wrote the Mothers' Day proclamation as a response to the carnage of both the US Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War which claimed the lives of thousands of young men as cannon fodder;

(c) acknowledges the spirit of the original proclamation, a refusal for women, worldwide, to allow their sons to kill or be killed in wars;

(d) regrets the commercialisation of Mothers' Day which has resulted, over the years, in the original meaning being lost in an orgy of consumerism;

(e) endorses a return to the traditional notion of Mothers' Day being a day when mothers and children everywhere would commit themselves to work for a more peaceful world; and

(f) reiterates that the best gift for a mother is a secure future for her children.