Women in politics face the ugliest of juggles, Australia

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Women in politics face the ugliest of juggles, Australia

The latest round of national head-scratching about why there aren't more women in politics makes me want to poke out my own eyes with a rusty toasting fork.

I'm sorry. I know everybody means well. And all the debate about parliamentary culture and ''Why don't we have quotas?'' and ''Let's encourage women more at the branch level'' and so on is all very interesting and thought-provoking and no doubt useful to a certain degree, but surely, when all those interesting and thought-provoking and partially useful conversations have been had, we can quietly acknowledge that really, deep down, there is just one main reason why women don't go into politics.

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