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Tuesday, 21 June 1994
Page: 1810

(Question No. 1356)

Senator Patterson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Tourism, 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 Robert Ray —The Minister for Tourism has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) On 21 August 1988, a total of 38 positions on three boards, committees and councils were available for appointment. In 1994 there are five boards, committees and councils with a total of 57 positions available for appointment.

  (2) In 1988, three of the positions were held by women and in 1994 seven of the positions are held by women.

  (3) In 1988, 7.9 per cent of positions available for appointment were held by women and 12.3 per cent are currently held by women.