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Monday, 22 October 1984
Page: 2101

Senator HEARN —I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Aviation: Given this Government's commitment to equal opportunity, can the Minister outline what effect this policy has had on female representation in the many traditionally male dominated occupations within the Department of Aviation?

Senator GIETZELT —Senator Hearn was kind enough in my absence last week to indicate to my office that she required some information about equal opportunity for females in the Department of Aviation. My colleague the Minister for Aviation, Mr Beazley, has provided me with the following information: There are 34 qualified female air traffic controllers at government airports throughout Australia; five years ago there were only two. There are now more than 40 female qualified flight service officers compared with none in 1978. There are 55 female trainees in these areas as well as women apprentices in radio, electrical and other trades. The Minister also has advised me there are now two women in the Senior Executive Service, one a divisional head. I think that proves conclusively that there has been a very great improvement in equal opportunities provided in the Department of Aviation, particularly since we came to office.