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Tuesday, 23 August 1994
Page: 117

(Question No. 1347)


Senator Patterson asked the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, upon notice, on 4 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 Cook —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  For the boards, councils and committees to which the Minister has the power to appoint members, the number of positions available, the number of positions held by women and the change in the proportion of positions held by women since August 1988 is:

Positions Positions Proportional

in August 1988 in May 1994 changes

—————————————————- for women

Held By Held By 88-94

Board/Council/Committee Available Women Available Women (per cent)

#Artificial Intelligence 3 0 - - -

Advisory Committee (Minister

does not now appoint)

*Agri-Food Council - - 8 1 -

Australian Industry

Development Corporation Board 14 0 4 0 -

Australian Manufacturing Council 130 4 20 2 +7

(and Industry Councils)

*Australian Nuclear Science - - 6 1 -

and Technology Organisation

Safety Review Committee

#Australian Space Board 5 0 - - -

*Australian Space Council - - 6 0 -

#Building Industry Research and 14 2 - - -

Development Advisory Committee

#Bureau of Industry Economics 10 0 - - -

Council of Advice

#Commission for the Future 7 3 - - -

*Cooperative Research Centres - - 15 2 -

Committee

*Export Access Management - - 19 1 -

*Export Finance and Insurance - - 10 1 -

Corporation

*French-Australian Industrial - - 11 1 -

Research Program

#Government Offsets and 25 1 - - -

Procurement Advisory Committee

#Indicative Planning Council 18 1 - - -

for the Housing Industry

#Industrial Property 7 2 - - -

Advisory Committee

#Industrial Research and 6 1 - - -

Development Board Advisory

Committees:Biotechnology

Communications Technology 5 0 - - -

Discretionary Grants 5 1 - - -

Information Technology 6 1 - - -

National Procurement Development 7 0 - - -

New Materials Technology 6 0 - - -

*Industry Research and - - 10 0 -

Development Board Committees:

Advisory Panel

Development Committee - - 5 0 -

Engineering Infrastructure and - - 7 0 -

Environment Committee

Health Food and Bio Industries< - - 7 1 -

Information, Communications and - - 7 1 -

Electronics Committee

Manufactured Products Committee - - 7 1 -

Services and Consumer Products - - 7 2 -

Committee

Tax Concession Committee - - 7 2 -

*International Advisory - - 16 0 -

Board Multi Function Polis

Australia (MFP)

*International Science and - - 3 0 -

Technology Advisory Committee

*Joint Accreditation System of - - 14 1 -

Aust and NZ

#Joint Venture for More 11 1 - - -

Affordable Housing Steering Committee

*Music Industry Advisory Council - - 11 2 -

*NIES Advisory Board - - 8 1 -

*Nuclear Safety Bureau - - 1 0 -

#Patent Attorneys Disciplinary 1 0 - - -

Tribunal

Patent Attorneys Professional 9 1 10 1 -1

Standards Board

Safety Review Committee 6 0 6 1 +17

Small Business Council 12 2 10 4 +23

#Snowy Mountains Engineering 5 0 - - -

Corporation Board

*Telecommunications Industry - - 6 1 -

Development Authority

Totals 317 20 241 27 +5

* Indicates committee not operational in 1988

# Indicates committee not operational in May 1994  The proportion of women appointed to Portfolio boards, councils and committees by the Minister has increased by more than three-quarters from, 6.3% to 11.2%.