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Tuesday, 21 December 1993
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(Question No. 255)


Senator Patterson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, 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 held now.

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


Senator Cook —The Minister for Primary Industries and Energy has provided the following amended answer to the honourable senator's question:

  The Department uses the APPOINT database set up by the Office of the Status of Women across all Commonwealth Departments to retain information on appointments to Government boards, councils and committees, including ex officio appointments and appointments of members nominated by industry bodies.

  The database was not established in 1988. However, the Departmental Annual Report for 1988-89 indicates that there were 39 statutory bodies and 49 non-statutory bodies. Of the 49 non-statutory bodies, 19 had membership comprising persons other than Commonwealth or State ministers or ex officio appointees.

  There were 208 positions available on the 19 non-statutory bodies. Membership of the statutory bodies is not reported.

  In 1992-93, there were 906 positions on primary industries and energy bodies on the APPOINT database.

  (2) Of the 208 positions on non-statutory bodies reported in the 1988-89 Departmental Annual Report, 5 were women.

  Of the 906 positions on primary industries and energy bodies in 1992-93 recorded on the APPOINT database, 44 positions were held by women on 30 June 1993.

  (3) The proportion of women on the non-statutory bodies in 1988 was 2.4%.

  On 30 June 1993 the proportion of women on primary industries and energy bodies was 4.85%.