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Tuesday, 23 August 1994
Page: 120

(Question No. 1360)


Senator Patterson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services, 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 percent 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 McMullan —The Minister for Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

21/8/88 31/5/94

Australian (Bravery) Decorations Advisory Committee

(1) 4 4

(2) 1 2

% of women members 25% 50%

(3) A 25 per cent increase in the proportion of

women members of the Council.

Australian Electoral Commission

(1) 3 3

(2) 0 0

% of women members 0% 0%

(3) No change in the proportion of the Commission who

are women members.

Commonwealth Fire Board

(1) 5 5

(2) 0 0

% of women members 0% 0%

(3) No change in the proportion of the Board who

are women.

Commonwealth Grants Commission

(1) 3 4

(2) 0 0

% of women members 0% 0%

(3) No change in the proportion of Commission

members who are women.

Council of the Order of Australia

(1) 7 7

(2) 3 6

% of women members 43% 86%

(3) A 43 per cent increase in the proportion of the

Council who are women members.

Genetic Manipulation Advisory Committee

(1) 15 18

(2) 4 4

% of women members 27% 22%

(3) A decrease of 5 percentage points in the proportion

of the Committee who are women

Ministerial Committee on Government Information and Advertising

(1) 3 4

(2) 0 1

% of women members 0% 25%

(3) An increase of 25 percentage points in the proportion of the

Committee who are women.

TOTAL

(1) 40 45

(2) 8 13

% of women members 20% 29%

(3) An increase of nine per cent in the overall

representation of women in the membership of boards,

councils and committees of the department.

Notes:

(a) The Environmental Futures Group, included in the 1993 response, was abolished on 31 January 1994.

(b) The Committee of Inquiry into Defence Awards, included in the 1993 response, was disbanded on 19 April 1994.