Australia: Our new parliament will have record numbers of women – will this finally make it a safe place to work?

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June 3, 2022

Australia: Our new parliament will have record numbers of women – will this finally make it a safe place to work?

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Australia: Our new parliament will have record numbers of women – will this finally make it a safe place to work? (Picture: Diego Fedele/ AAP)

The 2022 federal election was a win for women candidates, and a historic moment in Australia’s journey towards a parliament that truly endorses and promotes gender equality in all its work.

At this stage of counting, it looks as though the House of Representatives will have at least 57 women, making 38% of the chamber female. This is our highest proportion of women ever in the lower house.

The Senate reached and exceeded 50% in the last parliament, and will maintain this in the new parliament. These new levels will see Australia reverse a 20-year decline in the international ranking of women in national parliaments, from 57th up to around 37th, ahead of Portugal, Tanzania and Italy.

Click here to read the full article published by The Conversation on 30 May 2022.

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Author: 
Sonia Palmieri
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The Conversation
Publication year: 
2022