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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
Page: 1187

Senator MURPHY asked the Minister rep resenting the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(1)   How many women hold senior positions in the Central Administration, Engineering Planning and Research Division, Engineering Works Division, Telecommunications Division, Postal Services Division and Management Services Division of the Postmaster-General's Department.

(2)   Has the Postmaster-General made any endeavours to ensure that women are given equal opportunity to serve in the higher levels of the Postmaster-General's Department.

Senator GREENWOOD- The Postmaster-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Three- all in Management Services Division.

(2)   All senior positions in the Commonwealth Service are open equally to males and females. There is no restriction on the promotion of women to senior positions on the basis of their sex.

Under the provisions of the Public Service Act, the promotion of officers to departmental positions under the Permanent Head is the responsibility of the Permanent Head and the Public Service Board, rather than the Minister. It would therefore not be appropriate for me to intervene in departmental staffing matters or attempt to influence particular promotion decisions.

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