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Notice given 25 November 2003

709  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that 11 December 2003 marks 12 months since the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner reported on the need for a national maternity leave scheme and recommended a modest model for such a scheme;

(b) further notes that Australia remains one of only two Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries without a national paid maternity leave scheme and that a growing number of foreign countries are now providing paid leave for fathers; and

(c) calls on the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) to commit to introducing a national paid leave scheme for women and men in Australia as a priority.