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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
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Senator MURPHY asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   How many women hold positions on the Australian Council for the Arts, and on the Interim Council for a National Film and Television Training School.

(2)   What endeavours, if any, has the Prime Minister taken to ensure that women are given equal opportunity to serve in the higher levels of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and in the various bodies within the Prime Minister's area of responsibility.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN-The

Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   1 am informed that 2 women hold positions on the Australian Council for the Arts, one of whom is also a member of the Interim Council for a National Film and Television Training School.

(2)   Under the provisions of the Public Service Act the promotion of officers to departmental positions under the Permanent Head is not a Ministerial responsibility but one for the Permanent Head and, in certain circumstances, the Public Service Board. Senior positions in the Commonwealth Service are open to males and females equally. There is no restriction on the promotion of women to senior positions on the basis of their sex.







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