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Tuesday, 31 May 1994
Page: 999

(Question No. 1344)


Senator Patterson asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 3 May 1994:

  With reference to the Federal Labor Caucus motion of 21 August 1988 requiring women to be appointed to at least 25 per cent of places on Government boards, councils and committees:

  For each of the boards, councils and committees to which the Minister has the power to appoint members, and for all of these combined:

  (1) How many positions were available for appointment on 21 August 1988 and how many are now available.

  (2) How many of these positions were held by women on 21 August 1988 and how many are now held by women.

  (3)  What changes do the resulting proportions represent since the Labor Caucus motion.


Senator Robert Ray —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1), (2) & (3) The following table shows the available data on Ministerially appointed positions within the Defence portfolio for 1988 and 1994.

1988 1994

Men Women Men Women

Defence Industry Committee 6 0 12 0

Australian Shipping Defence Council 12 0 13 0

Committee for Employer Support 1 0 8 0

of Reserve Forces (succeeded

in 1992 by the Defence Reserves

Support Committee)

Australian Defence Force 3 1 2 1

Academy Council

National Consultative Group of 0 11 0 11

Service Families

Young Endeavour Youth Scheme Board 4 0 6 1

Defence Force Retirement and Death 4 0 4 1

Benefits Authority

Army and Air Force Canteen Board 3 0 8 0

of Management

Aerospace Technologies of Australia 7 0 5 0

Pty Ltd

Defence Housing Authority 3 1 3 2

Australian Defence Industries 2 0 7 1

*Military Superannuation 5 0

and Benefits Scheme Board

TOTAL 45 (78%) 13 (22%) 73 (81%) 17 (19%)

* Established after 1988