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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
Page: 1191

Senator MURPHY asked the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice:

(1)   How many women are employed in senior positions in the Imports/Exports Division, Inland and Special Services Division, Tariff Division and Management Services Branch of the Department of Customs and Excise.

(2)   What are the reasons for the extreme under-representalions of women inthese posts and, what endeavours, if any, has the Minister made to ensure equal opportunity for women to serve in senior positions in the Divisions and Branch listed in (1).

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

(1)   No woman is employed in a senior position in the Divisions and Branch of the Department of Customs and Excise listed in part (1) of the question. However, 2 women are employed in senior positions in the Laboratory organisation.

(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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