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Adila Yarmuhammad hopes to bring change to federal parliament, which she says is dominated by white men.(Supplied) - ABC News
Thursday, December 16, 2021
In Autralia, launch of an alliance of young, diverse people to run in 2022 federal election
At just 21 years old, Adila Yarmuhammad believes she will be the youngest Muslim woman running in the 2022 federal election. She aims to secure a seat in Australia's parliament, but she knows she's inexperienced. "Even just running [for a seat] is...
Despite representing more than half the population, women are under-represented in government - Picture: The Camberra Times
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Australians want more women in politics
Australians want to see more women in politics, new research has found. The research - conducted by Women for Election, an organisation which provides support and training to women wanting to enter politics - found 69 per cent of people surveyed...
The majority of marginal seat candidates for the next parliament are female, while safe seat candidates are still mainly male. Photograph: timstarkey/Getty Images - The Guardian
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Women overrepresented in marginal contests, while more men preselected in safe seats for federal election
Female candidates are overrepresented for marginal seats at the next federal election, while safe seats for both major parties remain dominated by males, an analysis by Guardian Australia shows. While the major parties are yet to finalise all...
Former political staffer Brittany Higgins inspired others to come forward with allegations - Getty Images/BBC
Thursday, December 02, 2021
Australian parliament: one in three workers sexually harassed, says report
A third of employees in Australia's federal parliament have been sexually harassed, a landmark report has found. The report was commissioned after a former staffer, Brittany Higgins, said she had been raped by a colleague in a minister's office....
Young women are still being deterred from political careers. It’s time for change (copyright: women’s agenda)
Friday, November 19, 2021
In Australia, young women are still being deterred from political careers: it’s time for change
By Ashleigh Streeter-Jones “Picture this: a young girl in a study of society class being told that as of 2015, female representation in parliament was a mere 30 per cent and that all the media could care about was the way each of those women looked...
The Signal
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
Australian politics, as told by women
Parliament's gender problem is as old as the institution itself. Today on The Signal, a story of an alleged workplace assault in the 80s that's never been publicly heard before. What does it reveal about that world then, and now? We speak with the...
Greens Senator Larissa Waters at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, 30 November, 2020. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING Source: AAP
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
'Toxic boys club': Women in politics join calls for code of conduct in parliament
Federal MPs have told a women’s leadership summit a "legacy of misogyny" and "sexist underbelly" continues to plague Australian politics and must be addressed. Women from across the political spectrum have called for greater representation in...
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Thursday, April 29, 2021
How workplace sexism is roiling Australian politics
Around 120 years ago, Australia became the second country where women won the right to vote. But its political arena is still struggling with sexism, as underlined by a series of sexual-assault allegations around the government and lewd acts within...
Michelle Roberts was elected as the first female speaker of WA Parliament.CREDIT:THE WEST AUSTRALIAN/KELSEY REID
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Women’s day as record setting parliament sworn in
The lower house of Western Australia’s newly elected 41st Parliament sat for the first time on Thursday, marking a momentous occasion with the swearing-in of a record number of women in the chamber and the first female speaker. Of the 95 politicians...
‘I know many women who are scared to enter public life because they are concerned that their private sex lives would become a topic for public discussion.’ Photograph: woocat/Getty Images/iStockphoto
Friday, April 23, 2021
Women are scared to enter politics because of their past. I was one of them
Almost 10 years ago, I worked as a topless waitress. I never realised the profound impact those few months would have on my entire life If we’ve learned anything over the past few weeks, it’s that we need more women in politics, not less. It’s no...
Kate Ellis in Parliament as shadow education minister, 2017.CREDIT:ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN
Monday, April 19, 2021
Book: The shocking lies that reveal the truth about women in politics
Sex, Lies and Question Time Kate Ellis Hardie Grant Books $32.99 By magic and genius commissioning, here is a perfect book for right now (with another one coming), dealing with catastrophic misogyny in the Australian parliament, complete with...
FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo
Friday, April 16, 2021
Australia to scrap harassment exemption for judges and politicians
SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia will scrap exemptions for judges and politicians from sexual harassment laws, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, as his government struggles to contain a backlash over allegations of mistreatment of female...
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Thursday, April 01, 2021
Can gender quotas counter sexism in Australian politics?
In recent months, Australians have grown accustomed to stories of sexual impropriety by their politicians dominating the news headlines. Instances of groping, rape, and even a man masturbating on a female colleague's desk at Parliament House have...
Victoria Parliament
Thursday, February 18, 2021
‘We can’t leave parliaments to men’: Leading in Spring Street
Ask every female politician in the Victorian Parliament and they will most likely have that one story. There’s the young mother who was reprimanded for wearing black skinny jeans in the Legislative Assembly (“it was one less thing I needed to iron...
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
She Runs program aims to boost the number of women in politics as sexism scandals swirl
In a Perth workshop, 23 women have been learning to run. The women are fellows at a "campaign school" run by the not-for-profit group She Runs, aiming to equip them with all the skills they need to run for and thrive in office. Their graduation from...
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Australia: Record numbers of women are having babies in the Federal Parliament and now coronavirus might help them
There's an unusual sense of calm inside Lisa Chesters' office. A green square inside her clock is flashing as bells ring throughout the building. But she's in no rush to leave. Gone is a Pavlovian response to bells, where everything is dropped to...
Wednesday, September 09, 2020
Tony Abbott just proved why we’re all looking to women leaders to get us out of this crisis
Oh Tony. Tony, Tony, Tony. Just when we thought we were free of your irrational, fear-mongering drivel, you pipe up with another nugget of gold. This time, you thought you’d share your wisdom on the Coronavirus pandemic and Australia’s response to...
Tuesday, September 01, 2020
Victorian local government elections could see a return to all-male councils, as fewer women stand because of coronavirus
There are fears October's local government elections could see a return of all-male councils in Victoria, with concerns fewer women will stand because of coronavirus impacts. The Colac-Otway Shire in south-west Victoria is one of 14 councils in the...

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