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Thursday, 6 March 1980
Page: 609

Senator WALTERS (TASMANIA) - I present the following petition from 16 citizens of Australia:

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

That the National Women's Advisory Council has not been democratically elected by the Women of Australia.

That the National Women's Advisory Council is not representative of the women of Australia.

That the National Women's Advisory Council is a discriminatory and sexist imposition on Australian Women as Australian men do not have a National Men's Advisory Council imposed on them.

That in the 1976 census 78.6 per cent of Australian women said that they belonged to a Christian denomination, so that, it is very likely that a large percentage of Australian women have views which are not reflected in those parts of Draft Plan of Action issued by the National Advisory Council concerning family issues.

That your petitioners are very concerned that the National Women 's Advisory Council does not take into account the views of the majority of Australian women.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the National Women's Advisory Council be abolished to ensure that Australian women have equal opportunity with Australian men of having issues of concern to them considered, debated and voted on by their Parliamentary representative without intervention and interference by an unrepresentative "Advisory Council".

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

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