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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3185

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs upon notice, on 20 October 1977:

In which overseas Australian posts is one of the 3 senior positions held by a woman (Hansard, 16 November 1976, page 2746).

Mr Peacock - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

It remains the case, as pointed out in answer to question 1345 (Hansard, 16 November 1976, page 2746), that there is no general practice with regard to determining the relative seniority at an Australian overseas mission of officers from different Government Departments. However, in addition to three females serving in charge of a mission, there are currently five other female officers of my Department serving as Deputy Head of Mission; they would normally take charge of the mission in the absence of the Head of Mission. In overall terms there are (in addition to the female officers serving as Ambassador to Denmark, High Commissioner in Nauru and Acting High Commissioner in Cyprus) two female officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs currently serving as Counsellors, six as First Secretaries, five as Second

Secretaries, fourteen as Third Secretaries and one each as Attache and Vice-Consul.

Other Government departments, according to records held in my Department, currently have overseas a total of twenty-one female officers with the designation of Counsellor, First Secretary, Second Secretary, Attache or ViceConsul.

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