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Report Initiatives for Women in the Northern Territory 1983-1993



Report Initiatives for Women in the Northern Territory 1983-1993

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Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Marshall Perron


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self-governm ent and a m easu re of au tonom y from th e Federal G overnm ent. People posted to the Territory on two year s tin ts were encouraged to se ttle an d m ake it th e ir hom e. The C hief M inister, aw are of the special needs of w om en, se t ab o u t estab lish ing th e in fra s tru c tu re to com pensate for th e lack of th e ir involvem ent in decision m aking processes. In 1983 th e Office of W om en's Affairs an d the W om ens Advisory Council were estab lished to enab le the Chief M inister to have d irect involvem ent w ith th e issu e s of concern to wom en. He also appoin ted a w om ens adviser to h is personal staff. W om ens inform ation services were estab lished in D arw in and Alice S prings to a ss is t new com ers to access th e various reso u rces available an d the Office of E qual O pportun ity explored w ays to red ress th e im balances in the N orthern Territory Public Sector. Legislation w as in troduced to improve th e provision, and som etim es lack, of ju s tic e for w om en. D om estic violence and de facto rela tionsh ip legislation were the m o st com prehensive in A ustralia , while an ti-d iscrim ina tion law s were com parab le w ith the n a tio n s best. 'Initiatives for W om en in the N orthern Territory 1983-1993 ' provides an overview of th e policies and program s w hich are now in place for w om en an d th e ir fam ilies. M uch h a s been achieved since self-governm ent an d m any of the p rogram s contained w ithin the report have been developed a s a d irect response by G overnm ent to the needs an d concerns w om en have expressed. In o rder to con tinue the w ork w ith in G overnm ent com m enced ten years ago, the G overnm ent will in early 1994 in troduce a stra tegy incorporating policies an d program s for the 1990s. The s tra tegy will be developed having regard to in p u t from wom en th ro u g h o u t the Territory.