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Wednesday, 30 August 1989
Page: 586

Senator PETER BAUME(12.45) —On 23 June 1989, the third Liberal Women's Conference was held in Sydney following the meeting of the Liberal Federal Council. It was a day when a number of quite important papers were presented. Because it was a women's meeting some of the papers dwelt upon women's progress and the effects of certain policies on women. I wish to bring to the attention of the Senate today two of the papers which were presented.

One, by Dr Leonie Still, was entitled `Overcoming the Barriers', and was an account of the progress which women have made and have yet to make in terms of achieving equal opportunity. That paper was presented and created quite a lot of discussion; it is a good academic account of some of the real progress that has been made following the passage of the affirmative action and equal employment opportunity legislation, and the passage of the Public Service legislation which preceded and followed it.

The other paper was presented by Ms Elizabeth Savage, from the Department of Economics at the University of Sydney. Ms Savage is not a member of any political party. Her paper was entitled, `A Woman's Worth: Taxation and Australian Women'. It dealt with what the likely effects of certain reforms to the taxation system might be for Australia's women. Both papers are quite interesting. I have shown them to Senator Reynolds and I seek leave of the Senate to table them.

Leave granted.

Senator PETER BAUME —I thank the Senate.