1972 - 1974
1968 Vice President BPW Victoria
1968 Deputy Leader BPWA Delegation to BPW International Congress in London
1970-1972 Vice President BPW Australia
1974-1977 BPW International Education & Cultural Committee
1974 Leader of the Delegation Congress in Buenos Aires
1980-1983 BPW International Member of Finance Committee
1983-1987 BPW International Treasurer
Occupation: Chartered Accountant
Norma Young (dec.) believed that the aims and objectives of BPW Australia were vital and important to the welfare of Australia and its people. Norma speaking on International Women’s Day in 1975 stated that “ You and your fellow members belong to a Club - it needs your ideas and talents, so do not with hold them, Your Federation also needs your ideas and talents because you are part of it”.
The Abolition of Probate and Duties Law
In Norma Young’s time as President one of the most controversial issues came to a head. The Probate and Duties Law was unjust because of the members of the community suffered under its sweeping implications. There were no appeals and the law was adamant that Death Duties must be paid without regard to financial well-being of the beneficiaries. When a man died his assets went to the government and this caused enormous hardship.
A very determined and a dedicated group of members from BPW Parramatta, Chris Rapp (Chairperson) Flora Smith, Ruby Digney, Doreen Smith and Del Anderson formed together to change the law about Probate and Death Duties. These BPW members collected 63,000 signatures out of 64,000 Parramatta residents on the Electoral Roll to start the campaign!
At the 1974 National Conference a motion was passed that immediate representation to the Federal Government for the abolition of all death duties. Shortly the call for abolition of death duties by BPW Australia was joined by every woman’s organisation as an indignity to women and children.
By 1982 all states in Australian had abolished death duties
Norma Young had a lifelong interest in Guides Australia and was awarded the Associations Medal of Merit for service to the girls. Her other interests were with Vision Australia Foundation (formerly Association for the Blind) for over 40 years, her church St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral Bendigo and she became a Justice of the Peace in 1975.
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