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Tuesday, 17 August 1993
Page: 132

(Question No. 247)


Senator Patterson asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 20 May 1993:

  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 are now available.

  (2) How many of these positions were held by women on 21 August 1988 and are now available.

  (3) What changes do the resulting proportions represent since the Labor Caucus motion.


Senator Robert Ray —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1), (2) and (3)

  The following table shows the available data on Ministerially appointed positions within the Defence portfolio for 1988 and 1993.

  The representation of women in such positions has remained steady at around 20-25%.

1988 1993

Men Women Men Women

Defence Industry Committee 6 0 11 0

Australian Shipping Defence Council 12 0 12 0

Committee for Employer Support of

Reserve Forces (succeeded in 1992 by

the Defence Reserves Support Committee) 1 0 1 0

Australian Defence Force Academy Council 3 1 3 1

National Consultative Group of

Service Spouses 0 11 0 11

Young Endeavour Youth Scheme Board 4 0 6 1

Defence Force Retirement and Death

Benefits Authority 4 0 3 1

Army and Air Force Canteen Service

Board of Management 3 0 3 0

Aerospace Technologies of Australia Pty Ltd 7 0 6 0

Defence Housing Authority 3 1 3 2

Australian Defence Industries 2 0 7 1

*Military Superannuation and Benefits

Scheme Board 5 0

Total 45 13 60 17

* established after 1988.