WEL submissions from 1972 are housed at the Archives of the University of Melbourne – see below.
WEL Victoria and WEL Australia submissions which are not on-line are listed at
Submissions from 1995 are online at www.wel.org.au/issues/subsidx.htm
RECENT WEL SUBMISSIONS
CLICK to read the 2010 WEL Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Functions and Administration of Voting Centres.
CLICK here to read the 2009 Tax Submission (16 pages).
CLICK to read about WEL submissions of 2007 and 2008. They detail submissions on:
(1) Paid Maternity, Paternity and Parental Leave.
(2) Pension Review (overview).
(3) Sex Discrimination Act Inquiry 2008 (overview and 17 page submission).
(4) Inquiry into Options for a new National Industrial Relations System.
(5) National Employment Standards.
(6) Pay Equity (overview and 60-page submission).
2008 August – WEL Australia submission to the Federal Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee – an inquiry into the effectiveness of the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984 in eliminating discrimination and promoting gender equality – see above. CLICK to read a summary of the submission and see (3) above to read overview and full submission.
2004 November – WEL Australia Submission to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission “Family Provisions Test Case” (handed down 8 August 2005).
2005 – WEL Australia Submission to the Senate Standing Committee.
Inquiry on Family and Human Services: Inquiry into Balancing Work and Family 2005 WEL Victoria – Anne Gunter: Submission to the Victorian Law Reform Commission on Review of Family Violence Laws.
2005 August – Eva Cox and Terry Priest “Women in Immigration Detention : more questions than answers” WEL Australia funded by Pamela Denoon Bequest.
2006 – RU486 Supplementary Submission WEL Vic. 2006 at RU486 Supplementary Submission WEL Vic 06
2006 Sue Hammond: Rationalisation of Awards.WEL SUBMISSIONS 1972-2005
Held at the ARCHIVES of THE UNIVERSITY of MELBOURNE
WEL AUSTRALIA and/or other state WEL SUBMISSIONS Box 00 – 18
1973 WEL ACT: to the Taxation Review Committee.
1973 WEL NSW: to the Commonwealth Commission of Enquiry into Poverty. Submission subcommittee: Helen McFarlane [convenor], Jan Aitkin, Ann Conlon, Beverley Kingston, Jill Roe. Transcript of proceedings during the appearance of McFarlane, Roe & Conlon at public hearings of the Commission along with two papers of preparation for submission/hearings.
1973 WEL SA: on Sexism in Education.
1974 WEL NSW/AUSTRALIA: Submission to the National Wage Case – Edna Ryan, Anne Conlon, Jocelyn McGirr, Joan Wilson, of the WEL Industrial Committee.
1974 WEL ACT: to the Committee of Inquiry into Labour Market Training. Three documents: one dated and in numbered point form and two discussing aspect of the case. The first two titled as above, the third untitled.
The first is attributed to: Jan Cooper, Lyndsay Connors, Carmel Niland, Susan Ryan, Rosa Walden, Gail Wilenski.
1975 WEL NSW re: Appeal by Australian Bank Officials Association, to: the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission, by June Surtees, Anne Conlon, Edna Ryan, Women in Employment Group.
1976 WEL ACT re: National Compensation Bill in form of a letter to the Director General, Australian Department of Social Security, Phil Hoy, Co-ordinator for WEL ACT & WEL NSW on National Compensation.
1976 WEL ACT re: Discrimination against Divorced Wives and some Separated Wives in the New Superannuation Act – Gwendoline Ewen includes attachments 9] on Private Industry Superannuation Schemes,
10] letter from M R Owen [Victoria], WEL Workforce Group, re interview with the National Superannuation Committee of inquiry. Also, notes concerning spouses & orphaned children under the Act.
1976 WEL SA Environment Group: to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment & Conservation, Environmental Protection & Resource Management.
1977 WEL AUSTRALIA: on Family Allowances includes press release per Meredith Edwards, Canberra.
1977 WEL Sydney: Report of Sexual Offences Law Reform Group, Judy Malcolm, draft Sexual Offences Bill prepared by J A Scutt.
1977 WEL NSW: to Committee of Enquiry into Education & Training – J Bielski, E Cox, A Elysee, Z Nittim, including material from workshop held Dept of TAFE at West Sydney Technical college and appendices on Women’s Labour Force participation rates & in defence of working married women; plus press release, [Elysee] plus paper:on Women and Further Education prepared for WEL Annual Conference, Brisbane, May 1977, by Mary Owen, Co-ordinator of the Working Women’s Centre, Melbourne, and drafts/appendices on ‘Women in the workforce – some conclusions’ and ‘Factors affecting the possible point of entry of an individual into the workforce’.
1977 WEL AUSTRALIA: Recommendations for 1977 Pre-Budget Discussions, with a Newsheet to all Victorian Federal Parliamentary Representatives.
1977 WEL NSW Background Paper: The Rights of the Child, prepared by the International Year of the Child Action Group, convenor Jocelynne Scutt, re UN Year of the Child 1979.
1978 WEL NSW: Submission from Family Law Action Group to Select Parliamentary Committee Appointed to Enquire & Report upon the Provisions, & Operation, of the Family Law Act, 1975, per Jocelynne Scutt & Di Graham, co-convenors of the Action Group – three different printings.
1978 WEL Cairns: Submission on Family Law in support & addition to the above – Joan Trewern.
1979 WEL AUSTRALIA with WEL VIC & others: Pre-Budget Submission.
1979 WEL Darwin: – Critique of the Northern Territory Chief Minister’s decision not to appoint a Women’s Advisor or establish an Office of Women’s Affairs after WEL Darwin had sent two submissions on the matter.
1979 WEL NSW: Family Law Action Group, re questions and proposals canvassed in the Family Law Council’s Working Party Discussion Paper on Superannuation & the Family Law Act.
1980 WEL SA Environment group on: Hazardous Chemicals to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment & Conservation.
1981 WEL Australia: Pre-Budget Submission.
1983 WEL Australia to the National Wage Case [see also 1984].
1983 WEL Australia re the Sex Discrimination Bill, including: Copy of the Bill; part of Hansard debating it; amendments moved by opposition in Senate; letters to Federal Parliamentarians from Pamela Denoon on behalf of WEL and of a wider group of women’s organisations; press release of joint statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs
[Hayden], the Attorney-General [Evans] and Minister Assisting the PM on the Status of Women [Susan Ryan], re ratifying UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; telex to Evans & Ryan.
ca 1984 WEL Australia: Submission to the National Economic Summit.
1985 WEL Australia: Affirmative Action for Women, to the AA Working Party.
1985 WEL Australia: Women & Taxation Reform, to the Economic Planning Advisory Council.
1985 WEL NSW: Equal Rights to Marital Assets to the Australian Law Reform Commission & the Australian Attorney-General, from the Family Law Action Group.
1985 From the Office of Status of Women to the Human Rights Commission’s Inquiry into Discrimination in Superannuation (Non-WEL Documents).
1985 The Council of Action for Equal Pay: to the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission: Review of 1983 Wage Fixing Guidelines (Non-WEL Documents).
1986 WEL Australia: Child-Maintenance on Marriage Breakdown, re: the Australian Government Discussion Paper on Child Maintenance, Prepared by the NSW Family Law Group, convenor Di Graham, Eva Cox National
spokesperson; draft included.
1986 WEL Australia: Re The National Agenda for Women.
1987 WEL Australia to the Constitutional Commission on Individual & Democratic Rights under the Constitution [possible Bill of Rights?].
1988 WEL Australia: Recommendations & priorities for expenditure in the 1988-1989 Budget [Federal] to the Economic Planning Advisory Council [EPAC], prepared by Julie Taylor in consultation with WEL members
throughout Australia —includes two different drafts.
1988 WEL Australia in response to ‘Skills for Australia’, to John Dawkins, Minister for Employment, Education & Training includes draft & ‘Notes to assist in the preparation of submissions’ from the Senate Standing Committee on E, E & T.
1989 WEL Australia: to EPAC, Recommendations & priorities for expenditure in 1989-1990 Budget – Julie Taylor & Una Gold [Vic] in consultation with WEL members throughout Australia.
1990 WEL Australia: to the House of Representatives Standing Committee for Long Term Strategies – Zula Nittim, WEL NSW.
1991 WEL Australia: to International Alliance of Women Economic Commission – Women & Employment [WEL is an affiliate of the IAW].
1991 WEL Australia: to Joint Select Committee on Certain Aspects of the Operation & Interpretation of the Family Law Act, 1975.
1992 WEL Australia: response to Discussion Paper, ‘Sex Discrimination Legislation’ produced in the course of an Inquiry into Equal Opportunity & Equal status for Australian Women for the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal & Constitutional Affairs.
1992 WEL Australia: re the National Road Transport Commission’s Issues & Objectives Paper – Mary Kinney.
1994 WEL Australia: to Australian Industrial Relations Commission Review of Wage Fixing Principles – Juliet Richter.
1994 WEL Australia: to National Council for the International Year of the Family – Eva Cox, Jane Gardiner, Juliet Richter, Katie Spearritt, with further assistance from Cath Davis, Helen Leonard, Blanca Tovias.
1995 WEL Australia: Response to Report of the Public Service Act Review – attached brief written by Dr Clare Burton, a previous Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment in NSW.
1995 WEL Australia: re ‘Services for the termination of pregnancy in Australia’, a Draft Consultation Document, to the National Health Advisory Committee of the National Health & Medical Research Council.
1995 WEL Australia: to Review of Australian Honours & Awards.
1996 Only submissions presented were prepared by WEL Victoria, q.v.
1997 WEL Australia: Pre-Budget Submission.
1997 WEL Australia: For Funding to Support the Operations of WEL Australia under the National Non-Government Women’s Organisations Grants Programme – per Lyn Peryman, National Co-ordinator includes WEL Business Plan 1997 [appendix 3].
1998 WEL Australia: Pre-budget Submission.
1998 WEL Australia: to the Regulatory Review of the Affirmative Action (Equal Opportunity for Women) Act 1986 – Dr Clare Burton, Dr Hazel Moir.
1999 Only submission presented was prepared by WEL Victoria, q.v.
2000 WEL WA: to the Family/Domestic Violence Taskforce [Western Australia] – Pat Centro.
WEL VICTORIA SUBMISSIONS 1972 – 1977
Questionnaire to ascertain rural female labour training requirements – Mary Owen.
Joint Income Tax Submission – provenance unknown.
WEL Victoria Submissions, including WEL Australia when prepared by Victorian members.
On the Problems Facing Migrant Women to the Migrant Task Force Committee, Victoria.
1973 To the Committee on Open University.
1973 Policy for Children’s Neighbourhood Centres to the Prime Minister from: United Women’s Action Group, Women’s Liberation, WEL, Union of Australian Women, Council for the Single Mother & her Child, Action for Adequate Child Care NSW, Community Controlled Child Care, Victorian State Schools Mothers’ Clubs.
1973 Aspects of Women in the Workforce to Clyde C. Cameron, Minister for Labour – source unidentified.
1974 Retraining Information, prepared for WEL by the Retraining Action Group, including recommendations from the Cochrane Committee of Inquiry into Market Labour [sic ?Labour Market] Retraining – A Report on the Re-entry of Women to the Labour Market after an Interruption in Employment.
1974 To the National Superannuation Committee of Inquiry – Joan Mullett & members of the Workforce Action Group Included: Summary of aspects of Special Interest to Women in the Interim Report on National Superannuation in Victoria and a note on National Superannuation from Judith Steanes, Sydney WEL.
1974 Concerning The National Compensation & Rehabilitation Scheme, based on the report of the National Committee of Inquiry into Compensation & Rehabilitation.
1974 Re: The Report on Death Duties of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Government Operations – Noelene Chappell.
1974 Family Planning re: Health Contraceptives Bill, Victoria to the Premier, including report of delegation to the Premier, Mr Hamer. Included is draft of the submission, media release and presumably earlier undated submission to Tariff Board re reduction of duties on imported contraceptives, after evidence was presented to the Board by Dr June Backwell. Others were Mr John Leeton, Lesley Vick, Beatrice Faust, Helen Glazer.
1975 Open Submission to the Human Relations Commission – Contraception/abortion & abortion testimonies.
Further submission to the Royal Commission Human Relations includes sections on Women’s Identity and Women At Home [from Women at Home group by Susan Hutchinson] & lists other chapters on Birth Control/Abortion [as above] & on Child Care, Workforce, Death Duties and Notes on Law, Health, Welfare, which are not included.
1975 Re Death Duties to all members of the Victorian State Parliament – Kerry Lovering, Probate Group. Includes WEL National Policy on Death Duties & two comments/reports.
1975 Discrimination in the Public Service – includes a WEL Draft Bill for an Act to render unlawful certain types of discrimination on the grounds of sex or marital status [for State of Victoria].
1975 To Vic. Committee on the Status of Women from the Education Action Group; S Sampson.
1975 To the Victorian Status of Women Committee [on a full range of issues].
1975 Draft Submission on Federal Budget, prepared by Barbara Williams-Cameron, Victoria.
1976 Comments on the [Victorian] Equal Opportunity Act 1976 includes further documents: policy statement [undated] on Anti-discrimination Legislation; copy of Legislative Assembly Anti-discrimination Bill; comments on the EO Bill, Equal Pay, an Anti-discrimination Bureau; correspondence related to these – N Chappell, J Plummer.
1976 Rape Study Group to the Victorian Law Reform Commissioner includes Report & Recommendations arising from Rape Study Group & A Case for the Reversal of the House of Lords Decision in the Morgan case, both by Julie Dahlitz; press statement re demonstration, J. Dahlitz & C. Slattery; notice of press conference for launch.
1976 To: Domiciliary Care Services Working Party, Premier’s Department, J Whammond, J Plummer.
1976 Daytime Television, report by the Media Women’s Action Group in conjunction with a survey by WEL Victoria for submission to the Ministry for the Media plus WEL Media Action Group submission to Broadcasting Control Board 7 includes ‘submission’ to the Editor, The Age, re News Coverage & Women, by Eve Mahlab, Kerry Lovering, Mary Owen.
1976 Submission for 1976 Pre-budget discussions includes Newsheet to all Victorian State & Federal Parliamentary Reps by Cr Jan Plummer & Jean Roberts, for WEL Melbourne; press release re WEL proposal of indexation of family allowances – Barbara Williams-Cameron, Jan Plummer, Meredith Edwards, Canberra.
1976 [In Interstate file] Re: Discrimination against Divorced Wives and some Separated Wives in the New Superannuation Act – Gwendoline Ewen, WEL ACT- attachments include letter from M R Owen [Victoria], WEL Workforce Group re interview with the National Superannuation Committee of Inquiry.
1977 To: the Committee of Enquiry [sic] into Education and Training.
1977 On: the Necessity for a Birth Control Clinic in the Warrnambool Region, WEL Warrnambool Group to the Warrnambool City Council.
1977 Comment on the Equal Opportunity Bill 1976 to WEL members, Discrimination Action Group per N Young, C Ingvarson.
1977 To: Working Party on the Women’s Advisory Body, Kerry Lovering, Priscilla Todd- includes Newsletter from the Working Party, Office of Women’s Affairs, Dept. of Prime Minister & Cabinet.
1977 To: Public Inquiry into the Concept of Self-Regulation by Australian Broadcasters – includes press release by WEL Victoria Media Action group, per Carol Hosking.
1977 On: Children & Television, to Senate Committee on Education & the Arts.
1977 On: Family Allowances includes press release per Meredith Edwards, Canberra.
WEL VICTORIA SUBMISSIONS
1978 – 2000 Box 00 – 19
1978 To: Committee of Inquiry into Government Procurement Policy [re employment of women by those tendering for government contracts].
1978 Re: the implications of the payment of an allowance to mothers presently at work to enable them to stay home whilst their children are young: Carol Hosking, Priscilla Todd.
1978 Re: ACTU Test Case: Claim for Unpaid Maternity Leave, to the Conciliation & Arbitration Commission.
1979 Re S 132 Labour & Industry Act, 1958 excluding women from certain industries because of weight-lifting requirements, to the Chairman of the [Victorian] Equal Opportunity Board.
1979 To: the Committee of Inquiry into Technological Change in Australia includes: Copy of the Terms of Reference; suggested guidelines for the Inquiry suggested to the Committee by Mary Owen; a letter from Owen after
discussions with the Committee, with 6 of 7 attachments [The first attachment cited is a WEL Victoria Submission to Conference on Structural Change & Employment in Victoria, 1978, which is not in our file. See Mary Owen papers at State Library]. “Contraceptive Knowledge and Practice of Contraception “ Helen Ware 1972, “Sexuality and Fertility” Royal Commission on Human Relations, Resolution on Health 1977 Victorian State Conference.
Seminar New Credit Legislation “Giving credit where it’s due” Barbara Cameron July/Aug 1979.
Pre Budget Submission 1979.
1979 To Ministerial Review of Education Policy – Carol Hosking.
1980 To: Menhennit Ruling Review Committee.
1980 On: Prostitution – Prostitution Action Group: Vicki Caulfield, Maria de Leo, Barbara Cameron.
1980 Documents relating to possible amendments to the Equal Opportunity Act, Victoria, 1977: EEO for Women: Guidelines for Employers [National Women’s Consultative Council Committee on Women’s Employment]; ‘Women and work – the incomplete revolution’ [Martin Hein]; Press release on the Deborah Wardley case [WEL Vic]
[N.B. There is no submission on EO Act review from WEL in these files].
1983 To: the Committee to Consider the Social, Ethical and Legal Issues Arising from In Vitro Fertilisation, from the Right to Choose Coalition [WEL Vic, Union of Australian Women, YWCA Melbourne, ALP Status of Women Committee, Working Women’s Centre, AUS Women’s Department, the Unitarian Church], Ruth Shnookal.
1983 To the Victorian State Government Review of Early Childhood Services – Michele Salmon, Child Care Action Group & Val Byth, WEL Victoria secretary.
1983 Papers for Equal Employment Opportunity Seminar: Address by Mary Owen [WEL Vic] [ACTU]
Address by Bryan Noakes [Confederation of Australian Industry] The ALP and Women. [Australian Labor Party].
1984 To: Ministry for Planning & Environment re: Report of a Working Party to the Minister on the Location of Massage Parlours – Vicki Caulfield.
1984 Re: Inquiry into Australia’s Retirement Income Systems, to the Senate Standing Committee prepared by Eva Cox [NSW], Mary Owen [Victoria], Edna Ryan [NSW] for WEL Australia.
1984 Papers re: Committee of Inquiry Reviewing Labour Market Programs, including: the 1983 Federal Minister for Employment & Industrial Relations news release re review; the 1984 Submission to the Review by the National Council of Women of Australia; the 1984 WEL NSW Position for the Community Employment Program Conference – Cecelia Clark [NSW] Plus notes & report of consultation with WEL representative – Kerry Lovering.
1985 To Inquiry into Prostitution – Vicki Caulfield.
Copy of the Planning (Brothels) Act 1984 and a Summary of the Inquiry’s Options Paper, with its terms of reference.
1986 A Victorian Bill of Rights, to the Human Rights Subcommittee of the Legal & Constitutional Committee.
1986 Re: Child Sexual [Assault] Discussion Paper.
1986 Re: Women’s Reproductive Choice.
1987 Comments on the proposed Victorian De Facto Relationships Bill – Kate Oldaker.
1987 To the Committee of Inquiry into Medical Education & Medical Workforce – Task Force Members Debra Gillick, Margaret Hirschfield, Margaret Farmer; Resource Person, Dr Jenni Mills.
1987 To The Social Security Review, [Commonwealth] Department of Social Security, comprising:
Issues Paper No 1: Income Support for Families With Children – Social Security Review Committee: Margaret Roberts [Co-ordinator], Priscilla Todd, Kate Oldaker, Margaret Farmer [also sent to interstate & national WEL committee members]. Issues Paper No 2: Too Old for a Job, Too Young for a Pension – Social Security Review Working Party, Margaret Farmer, Kate Oldaker, Mary Owen, Margaret Roberts. Issues Paper No 3: Bringing Up Children Alone: Policies for Sole Parents – Working Party as for No 2. Report of meeting convened by Margaret Roberts to set up the committee/working party.
1987 To the Workforce & Training Access Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training [Undated, but financial estimates cite 1987 values].
1988 Re ‘Rape & Allied Offences: Victims with Impaired Mental Functioning”
[Law Reform Commission of Victoria] Discussion Paper No 9 [Kate Oldaker] – first draft & final version.
1988 Re ‘Sexual Offences Against Children’, Law Reform Commission of Victoria Ref. Paper No 12]
1988 Re Enquiry into Community Violence, Victorian Government Social Development Committee, which proposed to & later did set up a Community Council Against Violence [Kate Oldaker].
1988 Re Discussion Paper:’National Policy on Women’s Health: A Framework for Change’, to the Special Consultant to the Federal Minister for Community Services & Health – WEL Victoria Health Action Group.
1988 On [education] Funding, To the Senate Inquiry into Priorities for Reform in Higher Education – Mary Owen for WEL Australia includes: notice of the Inquiry; a paper: ‘A View on Payment for Education’ by Mary Owen & letters relating to circulation of submission to other WELs; a comment on graduate tax by Julie Taylor.
1988 On ‘Informed Consent to Medical Treatment’, Law Reform Commission of Victoria Discussion Paper No 7 on Medicine, Science & the Law [Kate Oldaker].
1988 To the Workforce & Training Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education & Training, prepared by Mary Own [Victoria] for WEL Australia, in consultation with WEL members in all states; includes 1987 from Subcommittee Chairman [sic] Kathy Sullivan inviting WEL to contribute
draft submission by the National Women’s Consultative Council Budget Task Force; parts of a transcript of the Subcommittee’s hearings involving Mary Owen & MO’s report on the submission hearings.
1989 Submission for Victorian Women’s Centre re the Queen Victoria Hospital Site – Barbara Cameron.
1989 Re Child-Care Workers’ Claim for Pay Rise: Media Release; letter to the president of the Industrial Relations Commission; letter to the Minister for Labour – Mary Owen.
1989 Response to the Discussion Paper on the National Policy on Women’s Health – Right to Choose Coalition [WEL Victoria, Union of Australian Women; YWCA Melbourne] – Ruth Shnookal.
1989 Care of School Aged Children, to the Victorian Women’s Consultative Council’s Project includes notice of the project – Michele Salmon, Val Byth.
1989 Re Inquiry into Equal Opportunity & Equal Status for Australian Women, –House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal & Constitutional Affairs.
1990 Enquiry into Violence in Public Places, [Victorian] Community Council Against Violence – Freedom from Violence Action Group, convenor Anne Gunter.
1991 Re the Affirmative Action Agency’s Issues Paper ‘Affirmative Action into the 90s’ re ‘Safety, Security & Women’, Ministerial Statement by the Vic. Minister for Police & Emergency Services – Freedom from Violence A.G.
1991 Re Violence & Family Law, to Joint Select Committee on Certain Aspects of the Operation & Interpretation of the Family Law Act – personal submission A. Gunter.
1992 Comments on January 1992 Issues Paper from the [Victorian Government] Public Safety & Anti-Crime Council ‘Creating safer communities: setting strategic directions to increase public safety & reduce
violence and crime’ – Prepared by Anne Gunter, FFVAG. Victim Impact and Sentencing in Rape Cases with reference to the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s Supplementary Report on Rape Law & Procedure, to the Victorian Attorney-General – Anne Gunter.
1992 To Austel Inquiry into Privacy & Telecommunications – Anne Gunter for FFVAG includes: 1 Submission on Austel Discussion Paper, February. 2 Comments on Austel Draft Report, June.
1993 Inquiry into Gender Issues & the Judiciary, for the Senate Standing Committee on Legal & Constitutional Affairs – FFVAG, per Anne Gunter.
1993 Comment on legal matters relating to violence against women, to the incoming Attorney-General [in preparation for a meeting] – Anne Gunter for FFVAG.
1993 Review of the Equal Opportunity Act of Victoria, concerning the incoming government’s pre-election policy booklet on “Women’ – EO Action Group.
1993 To the Firearms Consultative Committee’s Review of the Firearms Act & Regulations [for the Police Minister, not published] – FFVAG per Anne Gunter [also re community group interested in firearms control].
1993 Re ‘Equality before the Law’, Australian Law Reform Commission