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Tuesday, 29 May 1984
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(Question No. 786)


Senator Hearn asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 3 April 1984:

(1) How many women hold senior positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs.

(2) How many women take part in negotiations, particularly in regard to the area of disarmament.


Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Foreign Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The senior positions occupied by women in my Department and their numbers are as follows:

Second Division-Assistant Secretary, 3, including one Head of Mission

Third Division-Clerk Class 11 or equivalent, 6, including two Heads of Missions

Senior Research Scientist, 1

Senior Lecturer, 1

Clerk Class 9 or equivalent, 32

(2) All career officers in the Department of Foreign Affairs serving overseas in the course of their essential day-to-day duties are involved in negotiations with foreign countries. With respect to the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral documents, nineteen women Foreign Affairs officers have participated in international negotiations since 1975, four in the field of disarmament.