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Wednesday, 1 June 1994
Page: 1147

(Question No. 1351)


Senator Patterson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, 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 Crowley —The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1), (2) and (3)—see table below.

  In addition, since 1989 the Minister for Social Security has appointed three members of the seven member management board of the Social Policy Research Centre. At present one of these appointees is a woman. Three of the remaining positions, including the presiding member, are appointed by the University of New South Wales. The Director of the centre is the seventh member.

Positions Positions

Positions held by Positions held by

available women available women Change

Body 21/8/88 21/8/88 31/3/94 31/3/94 by %

Social Security

Appeals Tribunal 154 85 278 165 +4%

Social Security

Advisory Council 10 5 10 6 +10%

Financial Information

Service Advisory Group N/A N/A 6 nil N/A

Migrant Advisory

Committees N/A N/A 68 34 N/A

Combined 164 90 362 205 +2%