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Monday, June 29, 2020
Ten years since Australia got its first female prime minister, how diverse is our parliament?
By Vivienne Pearson, On 24 June 2010, Julia Gillard was sworn in as Australia’s 27th – and first female – prime minister. But a decade on, gender equality in politics has some way to go. It’s been a rocky decade for women in politics. “I couldn’t...
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Australia: Women at the frontline (and the rear) of COVID-19
Laura Moorby has never been busier. She’s a Relationship Manager for ANZ in the Australian Capital Territory and her customers heard the bank would assist them with loan repayment suspensions and other relief measures in response to COVID-19. Her...
Monday, May 04, 2020
The quiet diplomacy of Marise Payne
On Sunday, Marise Payne left no one in doubt that Australia will use its suppression of the coronavirus to push its diplomatic weight on the world stage. After spending weeks working on getting stranded Australians home, the foreign affairs minister...
Monday, April 06, 2020
Australia: Where are the women MPs in the coronavirus crisis?
By Sonia Palmieri, On Wednesday, a special sitting of Parliament will pass the third COVID-19 support package around wage subsidies. At this stage it’s not known exactly how many MPs will be at the sitting, although the minimum required is 31. Most...
Friday, April 03, 2020
Two women on the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission. Is it enough?
By Angela Priestley, Jane Halton and Catherine Tanna have been appointed to the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission. The Commission’s been created by the Morrison Government to help address an extraordinary set of challenges over the days,...
Thursday, April 02, 2020
Australia: Covid-19 responses, why feminist leadership matters in a crisis
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, and, as seen by the actions of the White House and even our own Australian government, the usual mandates for gender balance and equality have already fallen by the wayside. It hardly seems like a...
Friday, February 28, 2020
Australia: Politics is where change happens. We must get more women involved
Five years after the launch of Pathways to Politics, which was set up by leading business figure and women’s rights campaigner Carol Schwartz to “empower women to lead Australia”, Women’s Agenda caught up with Schwartz to take stock of the landscape...
Friday, November 08, 2019
Julia Gillard on breaking barriers for women in politics and why she's an optimist
Julia Gillard, you became the first female prime minister in Australian history in 2010. What have been the challenges and opportunities for you as a woman working in politics? Have the obstacles women face in positions of power changed over the...
Friday, June 28, 2019
Is this why there are so few women in politics?
The lack of female federal MPs could be due in part to women being held back from climbing the political staffer career ladder, says the author of a study that reveals women start lower in the staffer hierarchy and progress at a slower rate than men...
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Australia: Women in parliament to hit record high but 'long way to go' until gender parity
The next federal parliament is set to have a record number of women but Australia still has a "long way to go" until it achieves gender parity in its corridors of power. After Saturday's election, female candidates are on track to win at least 81 of...
Thursday, May 16, 2019
2019 election: Why politics is toxic for Australia’s women
Australian women in politics have had enough. A slew of allegations of sexist bullying and misogyny have emerged in recent years, while at the same time the country has steadily tumbled down the global rankings for female political representation....
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Jacinda Ardern voted Australia's most trusted politician
Two weeks out from the general election, Australia says its most trusted politician is Jacinda Ardern. In a poll by Millward Brown, 1400 Australians were asked to score 12 politicians across six areas: relevance, integrity, shared values, commitment...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Quotas and affirmative action in politics is ‘not good for women’: Bishop
Former speaker and Liberal MP Bronwyn Bishop says quotas and affirmative action in politics is ‘not good for women’ because they ‘become a permanent second-class citizen. ‘I would never ever want that said about me, and I would never ever want that...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Julie Bishop Quits Australian Politics, Adding to Exodus of Conservative Women
SYDNEY, Australia — Julie Bishop, the popular former Australian foreign minister, said Thursday that she would not run in coming federal elections, adding to the conservative government’s already-bleak image as a place that is inhospitable to women...
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Women are pushing to the front of the queue in 2019 Australian Politics
While the Liberal party ties itself in knots over how to get more women into Parliament, a female rebellion is building across the country. Women are determining the circumstances in which they enter and leave the Parliament outside of the...
Monday, January 21, 2019
Australian Minister for women to leave politics at election
Australia’s Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer said Saturday she will quit politics for personal reasons at this year’s election, adding to the list of female politicians to leave the ruling party, some citing disunity, bullying and intimidation....
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Australia: Liberal women have little chance if the system still favours party cronyism
By Eugenie Joseph, Many candidates – across all parties – are not selected on clear merit, especially for winnable seats. Gender quotas have been a hot topic, but while they will increase the quantity of women they are not a magic bullet solution to...
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Australia: Gillard to the Liberals: here's how you do gender equality
Julia Gillard, former prime minister, first ever woman prime minister of Australia, and member of a party with nearly 50 per cent representation in the parliamentary Labor Party has some advice for the Liberal Party. Not that she’d characterise it...

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