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Tuesday, 17 October 1972
Page: 1582

Senator MURPHY asked the Minister representing the Minister for Housing, upon notice:

(1)   How many women occupy senior positions in the Central Office of State offices of the Department of Housing.

(2)   Is there a serious imbalance between the sexes employed in the State offices of the Depart ment; if so, what endeavours, if any, has the Minister made to ensure that women are given an equal opportunity to serve in senior positions.

Senator WRIGHT-The Minister for Housing has supplied the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   For the purposes of providing an answer to this question the reference to 'senior positions' has been treated as meaning positions which have a maximum salary above the maximum of Class 8 in the Clerical/ Administrative Structure of the Third Division. There are 16 positionsin the Central Office of State offices of the Department of Housing so classified. None of the positions are presently occupied by females.

(2)   All senior positions in the Commonwealth Service are open equally to males and females. There is no restriction of 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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