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

(1)   How many women and how many men are serving on the Commonwealth Immigration Advisory Council and the Commonwealth Publicity Council.

(2)   Has the Minister made any endeavours to ensure that women are given equal opportunity to serve on these bodies.

Senator GREENWOOD-The Minister for Immigration has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Members of the Immigration Advisory Council are, in the main, representatives of community organisations and the 5 women members presently serving on the Council represent a large crosssection of the Australian community - including 3 major women's associations with a combined membership of more than 940,000.

The representatives on the Council are nominated by their organisations and appointed by the Minister. It is open for those organisations which have mixed membership to nominate either men or women to represent them.

A similar situation exists with the Immigration Publicity Council which currently has no female members.

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