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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Mr Curtin n- On the 1st May, 1942, the honorable member for Perth (Mr. Nairn) asked the following questions, upon notice: -

1.   How many boards, trusts, commissions, and/or special committees have been set up by the Government during the past twelve months ?

2.   The number of members thereof?

3.   To which of any of the bodies mentioned, has a woman been appointed as a full member ?

I am now in a position to furnish the following answers : -

1.   67. The majority of the boards, committees, &c, are of an advisory nature and do not possess executive authority. The figure shown does not include the number of committees set up by Parliament during the period under review.

2.   387. In almost all cases a proportion of the personnel of the committees comprise officers of the Commonwealth Public Service. In many instances the number of members shown has been duplicated by reason of certain officers having been appointed ex officio on several committees.

3.   One woman has been appointed to the Women's Employment Board.

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