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Tuesday, 17 August 1993
Page: 137

(Question No. 266)


Senator Patterson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, 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 Collins —The Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) There were 19 positions available on Government Boards within the Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio which were for appointment by the Minister on 21 August 1988.

  The organisations referred to above are:

  Aboriginal Hostels Limited (currently in existence); Aboriginal Development Commission (currently does not exist); and Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (currently does not exist).

  There are currently 14 positions available for Ministerial Appointment, and the organisations referred to are the:

  Aboriginal Hostels Limited; and Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). The AIATSIS Act commenced in 1989.

  (2) There were 9 positions occupied by women on 21 August 1988.

  (3) Since the Labour Caucus motion of 21 August 1988 there has been a significant change in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander portfolio bodies that have Ministerial Appointments.

  The proportion of women being appointed to Boards, Councils and Committees is still greater than 25% of all appointments.