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Thursday, 28 September 1972
Page: 1366

Senator WRIGHT - On 23rd August 1972, Senator Guilfoyle asked me if there is any information available to honourable senators on the views of the National Labour Advisory Council Committee on Women's Employment or whether it was an advisory committee which reports only to the Minister. I undertook to refer the question to the Minister for Labour and National Service.

The Minister for Labour and National Service has now supplied me with the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The National Labour Advisory Council Committee on Women's Employment was set up in May 1970 to advise the Government, through the Council, on matters related to the employment of women. As with the Council itself, the Committee is consultative and advisory in character.

The charters of the Council and of the Committee provide that only agreed statements on their work may be made by, or with the authority of, the Council. In view of the interest being displayed in the work of the Committee, arrangements have been made for a statement to be issued after each meeting which briefly sets out the matters considered. While it is not possible at this stage to add to what has been conveyed in the News Releases issued following recent meetings of the Committee, I will ensure that such reports from the Committee which may be released for publication are made available to the honourable senator.

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