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Tuesday, 19 September 1972
Page: 985

Senator MURPHY asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Services, upon notice:

(1)   How many women hold senior positions in the central administration and State offices of the Department of Social Services and does the Minister agree that the male-female ratio is gravely unbalanced.

(2)   What endeavours, if any, has the Minister made to see that women are given an equal opportunity to serve in the higher positions of his Department.

Senator GREENWOOD-The Minister for Social Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   None.

(2)   All senior positions in the Commonwealth Service are open equally to males and females. There is no restriction on the promotion of women to senior positions on the basis of their sex.

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, rather than the Minister. It would, therefore, not be appropriate for me to intervene in departmental staffing matters or attempt to influence particular promotion decisions.

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