Men still dominate positions of leadership in parliament

THERE continues to be fewer female leaders in Australian society, a report on gender indicators from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed on Wednesday.

The report showed men still held more positions of leadership in federal and state parliaments, chief executives in the top 200 ASX companies and public service managers.

ABS director of living conditions statistics Caroline Daley said seven out of 10 federal and state parliamentarians were men - a fact which had not changed in 10 years.

"The proportion of women CEOs in top 200 ASX companies has remained below 5% for the last decade," she said.

"The situation in the public service, however, is changing, with the proportion of women in senior and middle manager roles rising from 35% in 2002 to 46% in 2012."

The report also showed more than twice as many men as women received nominations and awards for the Order of Australia.

"The difference is greatest at the highest tiers of the honours system, where around three times as many men receive either the Companion of the Order or Officer of the Order award in the General Division," Ms Daley said.

"In 2012, 682 men and 297 women received a General Division Order of Australia award at either the Australia Day or Queen's Birthday announcements.

"Two women received the highest honour, compared to 11 men, while 18 women and 57 men received the second highest honour," she said.



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