Michelle Lensink

Women's Information Service

A question put forward to the Hon. G.E. GAGO (Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Minister for Forests, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Tourism, Minister for the Status of Women) in relation to the Women's Information Service (WIS). More specifically record keeping of the history of the WIS.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (15:43): Has the WIS itself, the Office for Women or the government generally given consideration to recording the history of the WIS in any way, shape or form?

The Hon. G.E. GAGO (Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Minister for Forests, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Tourism, Minister for the Status of Women) (15:43): I thank the honourable member for her most important question. Not that I am aware of, but that certainly is a very good idea, and I am very pleased that the honourable member has raised it. It has a very proud history. It is an organisation that runs on a team of volunteers. Many of those volunteers have been with WIS for many, many years; some members well over a decade or more. Their commitment is phenomenal. As I said, the WIS service relies on that team of volunteers and also very dedicated staff. I think that is a great idea, and I will follow that up.

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