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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4749

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Labor and Immigration, upon notice:

(   1 ) How many women have been appointed to senior positions in his Department since 2 December 1972.

(2)   Who are they.

(3)   To what position has each been appointed, and what is the function of the position.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1) On the assumption that the right honourable member is referring to women who have been appointed or promoted to senior positions in my Department since 2 December 1972, 1 am advised that six women, including two who have been promoted to more senior positions that time, have been involved.

(2)   They are:

(a)   Dr DYerbury

(b)   Miss A Stephen

(c)   Mrs PSwanton

(d)   Miss M Hickey

(e)   Miss G Mathieson

(f)   Mrs MHarrison

These are in addition to three other women who were already in senior positions prior to 2 December 1972, but who have not been promoted in the meantime.

(3)   (a) Dr D Yerbury-First Assistant Secretary, Level 3. Continuously review the operations of industrial relations legislation; formulate policies on national industrial relations issues; develop measures to improve and maintain stable industrial relations.

(b)   Miss A Stephen- Assistant Secretary, Level I. Formulate and implement policies concerning the scope, range and nature of the services and facilities of the Commonwealth Employment Service. (Miss Stephen was promoted from a Principal Executive Officer, Class 10, in June 1974.)

(c)   Mrs PSwanton- Principal Executive Officer, Class 10. Advise on the implementation of the national policy to eliminate discrimination and to promote equality of opportunity in employment and occupation.

(d)   Miss M Hickey- Principal Executive Officer, Class 10. Review industrial relations legislation, draft new Bills and Regulations, and prepare submissions to Cabinet. (Miss Hickey was promoted from a Industrial Relations Officer, Class 8, in May 1974).

(e)   Miss G Mathieson- Executive Officer, Class 8. Organise and undertake major establishment and organization reviews within the Department. (0 Mrs M Harrison- Executive Officer, Class 8. Plan and conduct research and investigatory studies into Aboriginal employment, and devise measures to stimulate employment opportunities for Aboriginals.

National Highways: Committee on Planned Development (Question No. 251)

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(   1 ) What is the membership of the committee of Commonwealth and State officials that has been established to report on the planned development of national highways.

(2)   What are the terms of reference of the committee and when is it expected that the committee will finalise its studies.

(3)   Will the committee be preparing a report for the Government.

(4)   If so, when is it expected that this report will be received, and will it be tabled.

(5)   What is the membership of the special study team that has carried out research for this report.

(6)   What was the nature of the research undertaken by the study team.

(7)   Has the study team submitted a report to the Government.

(8)   If so, will he table the report for the information of Members without undue delay.

Mr Charles Jones - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) The committee consisted of representatives from the Australian Government Department of Transport (Convenor and Chairman), the then Departments of Interior and Works, the Bureaux of Roads and Transport Economics, State Highway Departments and the National Association of State Road Authorities.

(2)   The committee's terms of reference were to join in a co-operative study with a view to providing a sound basis on which to determine:

(a)   Which system of roads should be chosen for a National Highway system taking into account the NAASRA Inter-Regional Group of National Routes.

(   b ) Standards for the development of these routes.

(c)   Costs.

(d)   A program timetable.

The Committee has finalised its studies.

(3)   The committee has prepared its report for the heads of the Australian and State Government Authorities which established the committee (see list in answer to ( 1 ) above). The report has been accepted by the heads of these authorities.

(4)   The heads of the authorities involved have agreed to the release of the report. It has now been printed and I will table the document at the earliest opportunity.

(5)   The special study team comprised representatives of the Australian Government Departments of Transport and Works, the Bureaux of Roads and Transport Economics, the New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australian Departments of Main Roads and Ian Oliver and Associates Pty Ltd of Brisbane.

(6)   The study team's research involved investigating alternative routes with a view to costing their developments; assessing their safety; preparing traffic forecasts; preparing interim planning and design standards and then preparing possible programs of development.

(7)   The study team has submitted the results of its study to the committee which used these as a basis for its report.

(8)   The results of the study team's investigations is a very large technical document and as such it would not be appropriate for tabling. However, I am considering making a copy available to the Parliamentary Library when the committee 's report is tabled.

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