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Wednesday, 8 June 1994
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(Question No. 1357)

Senator Patterson asked the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories, 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 Faulkner —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1)  Positions available as at 21.8.88—80 positions

    Positions available as at 3.5.94—193 positions

  (2)  Women appointees as at 21.8.88—14 appointees

    Women appointees as at 3.5.94—51 appointees

  (3)Positions held by women as at 21.8.88—17.5% of total positions.

    Positions held by women as at 3.5.94—26.4%