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Wednesday, 24 August 1994
Page: 275

(Question No. 1355)

Senator Patterson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications and the Arts, 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 McMullan —The Minister for Communications and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) There were 233 positions available for appointment in August 1988 and there are currently 277.

  (2) There were 69 women holding positions in August 1988 and currently there are 106.

  (3) Currently 38% of available positions are held by women compared with 30% in August 1988.