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Tuesday, 17 October 1972
Page: 1582


Senator MURPHY asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   How many women and how many men are employed at senior levels of the Department of the Interior in the Central Office, Management Services and Property Division, Australian Capital Territory Services Division, the Australian Capital Territory Lands Division and the Northern Territory Division.

(2)   How many women and how many men are employed as information attaches or senior executives in the Australian News and Information Bureau.

(3)   What endeavours, if any, has the Minister made to ensure that women are given equal opportunity within the Department and the various bodies within the Minister's area of responsibility.

Senator COTTON-The Minister for the Interior has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   One woman and 123 men are employed at senior levels (above Clerk Class 8) in the areas of the Department of the Interior which now encompass those mentioned.

(2)   Fifteen men and no women are employed as information attaches or senior executives in the Australian News and Information Bureau.

(3)   Under the provisions of the Public Service Act, the promotion of officers to Departmental positions under the Permanent Head is the responsibility of the Permanent Head and the Public Service Board. All senior positions in the Department and the various bodies are open equally to males and females.







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