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Monday, 30 August 1993
Page: 581

(Question No. 256)


Senator Patterson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Technology and Regional Development and the Minister for Science and Small Business, upon notice, on 19 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 Schacht —The Minister for Industry, Technology and Regional Development has provided the following answer for the portfolio and it includes a response on behalf of the Minister for Science and Small Business:

  For the boards, councils and committees to which the Minister has the power to appoint members, the number of positions available, the number of positions held by women and the change in the proportion of positions held by women since August 1988 is:

Positions Positions

Board/Council/ Aug 1988 May 1993 Proportional

Committee changes for

Avail- Held by Avail- Held by women 88-93

able Women able Women (per cent)

#Artificial Intelligence Advisory

Committee (Minister does not now

appoint) 3 0 - - -

*Agri-Food Council - - 9 1 -

Australian Industry Development

Corporation Board 14 0 3 0 0

Australian Manufacturing Council

(and Industry Councils) 130 4 25 2 +5

*Australian Nuclear Science and

Technology Organisation Safety

Review Committee - - 7 1 -

#Australian Space Board 5 0 - - -

*Australian Space Council - - 6 0 -

#Building Industry Research and

Development Advisory Committee 14 2 - - -

#Bureau of Industry Economics

Council of Advice 10 0 - - -

#Commission for the Future 7 3 - - -

*Export Access Management - - 16 0 -

*Export Finance and Insurance

Corporation - - 9 1 -

*French-Australian Industrial

Research Program - - 11 1 -

#Government Offsets and Procurement

Advisory Committee 25 1 - - -

#Indicative Planning Council

for the Housing Industry 18 1 - - -

Industrial Property Advisory

Committee 7 2 7 0 -29

#Industrial Research and Development

Board Advisory Committees:

Biotechnology 6 1 - - -

Communications Technology 5 0 - - -

Discretionary Grants 5 1 - - -

Information Technology 6 1 - - -

National Procurement Development 7 0 - - -

New Materials Technology 6 0 - - -

*Industry Research and Development

Board Committees:

Advisory Panel - - 10 0 -

Development Committee - - 2 1 -

Engineering Infrastructure and

Environment Committee - - 6 0 -

Health Food and Bio Industries - - 6 2 -

Information, Communications and

Electronics Committee - - 7 1 -

Manufactured Products Committee - - 6 0 -

Services and Consumer

Products Committee - - 6 1 -

Tax Concession Committee - - 7 2 -

*International Advisory Board

Multi Function Polis Australia (MFP) - - 15 0 -

*International Science and

Technology Advisory Committee - - 8 0 -

*Joint Accreditation System of Aust

and NZ - - 15 0 -

#Joint Venture for More Affordable

Housing Steering Committee 11 1 - - -

*Music Industry Advisory Council - - 12 2 -

*NIES Advisory Board - - 10 1 -

#Patent Attorneys Disciplinary

Tribunal 1 0 - - -

Patent Attorneys Professional

Standards Board 9 1 10 0 -11

*Research Reactor Review - - 3 1 -

Small Business Council 12 2 11 3 +11

#Snowy Mountains Engineering

Corporation Board 5 0 - - -

*Telecommunications Industry

Development Authority - - 6 1 -

Totals 306 20 233 21 +2.5

* Indicates committee not operational in 1988.

# Indicates committee not operational in 1993.