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Wednesday, 5 March 1980
Page: 547

Senator MASON (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs. It concerns the nature of the Australian delegation to the United Nations international conference in Copenhagen in July of this year to mark the mid-point of the Decade of Women. By way of preface, I remind honourable senators that the international conference in Mexico City in 1975 to mark the beginning of that decade was appropriately led by three Australian women. Is it a fact that the Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Ellicott, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Peacock, will lead the delegation to this year's conference? If so, will the Government urgently reconsider such an absurd situation so that a group of outstanding Australian women can lead that delegation?

Senator SCOTT -I note the question of the honourable senator. I will refer it to the Minister for his reply.

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