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Monday, 30 August 1993
Page: 583

(Question No. 257)

Senator Patterson asked the Minister for Transport and Communications, 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 Collins —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) There were 188 positions available for appointment in August 1988 and currently there are 186.

  (2) There were 24 women holding positions in August 1988 and currently there are 25.

  (3) Currently 13 per cent of available positions are held by women compared with 13 per cent in August 1988.