I extend congratulations and a very warm thank you to the Women's Electoral Lobby, which is celebrating its 50th year in operation.

The organisation was established in 1972 and ever since then, WEL has been well known for its devotion to feminist political lobbying, campaigning and activism.

Over half-a-century in action, WEL has proven itself to be an essential body in engaging thousands of feminist activists and volunteers across the country to improve the position and rights of Australian women.

WEL has been a force behind countless policy changes and law reforms that have secured the better protection of women's rights.

Ultimately, the organisation has been truly instrumental in lifting up Australia's women.

WEL has sought to help build an intersectional society in which the potential and participation of all women is respected, promoted and protected.

Once again, I would like to thank WEL for their unrelenting efforts over the last 50 years in working towards the end of gender discrimination and the advancement of women's rights.