Politics

Jan 30, 2013

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Public service leads while politicians lag. The steady increase in the proportion of women in leadership positions continues to increase in the Australian public servic

Richard Farmer

Crikey political commentator

Public service leads while politicians lag. The steady increase in the proportion of women in leadership positions continues to increase in the Australian public service, but when it comes to female politicians, things are going backward. The Australian Bureau of Statistics this morning released its annual Gender Indicators publication. bringing together information from its own and other official sources. The report shows the proportion of women in senior and middle manager roles rose from 35% in 2002 to 46% in 2012. Yet seven out of 10 federal and state parliamentarians remain men, and this hasn't changed over the past 10 years.

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2 thoughts on “Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

  1. klewso

    Never mind, when all the native species (on their diet menu) are extinct, we’ll still have our “protected pussies”.

  2. Kevin

    Richard,

    What I find interesting, aside from the changing proportion of male/female SES and EL in the Aust Public Service over the past 10 years, is the growth in overall numbers of the “fat cats”. In 2003 we had 1,731 SES whereas in 2012 this had risen to 2,786. In 2003 we had 23,361 executive level managers compared to 42,069 in 2012. A case of too many chiefs and not enough indians? What do they all do for goodness sake?

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