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WOMEN—BOARD APPOINTMENTS

Senator Hanson-Young, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 198—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) women make up only 25 per cent of board appointments in Australia, and

  (ii) of that figure, only 10 per cent of the Australian Stock Exchange 200 companies have female directors, and only 8 per cent have female executives;

 (b) recognises that:

  (i) women in the workforce face many issues, including pay equity, the impact of unpaid work and family responsibilities on their careers and the disparity in retirement savings, and

  (ii) improving the levels of female leadership in corporate Australia will help to drive change in all of these areas; and

 (c) calls on cross-party support to take the lead and phase in meaningful quotas in boardrooms around Australia.

Statements by leave: Senators Cash, Xenophon and Hanson-Young, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 5

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Siewert (Teller)


NOES, 33

Senators—

Adams

Back

Barnett

Bilyk

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Cash

Cormann

Eggleston

Ferguson

Fielding

Fifield

Furner

Hurley

Hutchins

Joyce

Kroger

Ludwig

Marshall

McEwen

McGauran

McLucas

Moore

Nash

O'Brien

Parry (Teller)

Polley

Stephens

Sterle

Troeth

Williams

Wortley

Xenophon

Question negatived.