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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . . Page.. 1181..


International Women's Day awards

(Question No 120)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Women, upon notice, on 7 March 2002:

In relation to the ACT International Women's Day Awards:

(1) What is the cost to ACT taxpayers and ratepayers of this presentation.

(2) How many people are involved in the preparation and organisation of this presentation annually (a) full-time, (b) permanent part-time (c) daily contract, and (d) hourly contract, and (e) what is the cost in each case.

(3) When does the ACT International Men's Day. Awards occur.

(4) What is the cost of (3) above compared to (2).

(5) If no Men's Day awards are celebrated, why not and has advice been sought as to whether this breaches ACT discrimination laws.

(6) If discrimination laws are not breached, why not.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The cost to ACT taxpayers and ratepayers of this presentation is $12,393.73.

(2) The number of people involved in the preparation and organisation of this presentation annually and the cost in each case is:

Number of people Cost

(a) full-time ⅛ of 2 staff (1 X ASO 5 & $5,182.37

1 X ASO 6) for 3 months

(b) permanent 0 0

part-time

(c) daily contract 0 0

(d) hourly contract 0 0

(3) International Men's Day is not celebrated, therefore ACT International Men's Day Awards do not occur.

(4) As the ACT International Men's Day Awards do not occur, the cost cannot be calculated and therefore cannot be compared to (2) above.

(5) & (6) The ACT Discrimination Commissioner has advised that ACT's Discrimination Act 1991 contains at least one provision which allows for special programs, services etc of benefit to particular groups in the community, such as women. The Act provides that such measures are not unlawful discrimination. The relevant section reads:

27 Measures intended to achieve equality

(1) Noting in part 3 renders it unlawful to do an act a purpose of which is -


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