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Wednesday, September 04, 2013
After Gillard, is gender an Australian election issue?
Two months after Julia Gillard was ousted, feminist and sociologist Eva Cox looks back on the misogyny debate her time as Australia's prime minister sparked - and whether gender issues are on the election agenda as a result. The question of female...
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Australian Women in Politics: Teresa Gambaro, Federal Member for Brisbane
Liberal MP Teresa Gambaro learnt what it meant to have guts long before she went into politics. Her parents, who immigrated to Australia from Italy after World War II, ran a small fish store in Petrie Terrace, an inner-city suburb of Brisbane. Far...
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Australian Women in Politics: Kelly O’Dwyer, Federal Member for Higgins
The key message conveyed in Kelly O’Dwyer’s maiden speech in parliament was that of aspiration. In February 2010, the Federal Member for Higgins *Vic) cited the story of her grandparents who established a small business and, through their...
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Australian Women in Politics: Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young
Next up in our Women in Politics series is high profile Greens Senator for South Australia, Sarah Hanson-Young. The Liberal Party have let it be known that the 31 year old Senator is in for the fight of her political life at the next Federal...
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Australian Women in Politics: Bridget McKenzie, National Party Senator for Victoria
Next up in our Women in Politics series, is Senator Bridget McKenzie. Tall and blonde, Ms McKenzie gained unwanted media attention last year when fellow National Party Senator Barnaby Joyce referred to her in the Senate as “a flash bit of kit.” FROM...
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Women in Politics: Fiona Patten, Leader of the Australian Sex Party
Possibly the most controversial inclusion in our Women in Politics series is Fiona Patten, Senate candidate for Victoria and Leader of the Australian Sex Party. Fiona Patten is regarded by many as the face of the Australian sex industry. As a...
Sunday, August 18, 2013
10 Australian female politicians to watch
Julia Gillard may be out and 'sexygate' may be rumbling on, but let's not forget there are incredible female politicians in Australia Tony Abbott was criticised last week for referring to Liberal candidate Fiona Scott's "sex appeal", but he's back...
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Australian Women in Politics: Senator Michaelia Cash
Today we continue our series Women in Politics, with Michaelia Cash, the Senator for Western Australia (Liberal), who hit the headlines back in June when she attacked Senator Penny Wong for betraying Julia Gillard and ‘the sisterhood’. Despite being...
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Australian Women in Politics: Julie Bishop, Deputy Leader of the Federal Liberal Party
At 38, Julie Bishop had achieved what many young lawyers aspire to do. Having worked as a barrister and a commercial litigation solicitor, she was managing partner of a national law firm’s Perth office. She was at the peak of her career, or so she...
Monday, August 12, 2013
Australia's Sarah Palin, and One Nation Candidate Aborts Election Bid Due to Pressure Over Viral Video
Stephanie Banister, dubbed as the "Sarah Palin of Australia", has dropped out of the election race on August 10 after committing several interview blunders and calling Islam a country.  The 27-year-old One Nation candidate was campaigning for...
Friday, August 09, 2013
Women in Politics: Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens
In the fourth of our series on Women in Politics, we speak to Leader of the Greens, Senator Christine Milne. Christine Milne, Senator for Tasmania and Leader of the Australian Greens, is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected...
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Jenny Macklin will tackle Inter-Generational Unemployment if ALP is Re-elected, Australia
Can you name the politician with the most influence over the lives of women and their families in the past five years? Few would probably come up with Jenny Macklin, the low profile but highly prolific Minister for Families in the Federal Labor...
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Australian Women in Politics: Kate Ellis Speaks Out Against Sexism
Continuing our series on women in federal politics, we meet the Hon Kate Ellis MP (ALP), Federal Member for Adelaide, Minister for Early Childhood, Childcare and Youth, Minister for Employment Participation and Minister for the Status of Women. The...
Monday, August 05, 2013
Australian Women in Politics: Anna Burke, Speaker of the House of Representatives
In the lead up to the Federal Election on 7 September 2013, Australian Women Online will be profiling women from the major political parties in both houses of Federal Parliament. First up is Anna Burke, Federal Member for Chisholm (ALP) and Speaker...
Monday, August 05, 2013
Parliamentary elections in Australia
Women represent 25% of the parliament with 37 seats out of 150 and while there is no legal quota system, there are voluntary political party quotas in place. Australia has had just one woman leader in five of it's six states and two in the small...
Friday, July 26, 2013
Australia's Julia Gillard reveals what she thought when she gave the 'misogyny speech'
As prime minister, Julia Gillard remained instinctively private, consistently contained and, for a figure so much in the public eye, oddly enigmatic. But in an interview with the Melbourne-based magazine the Monthly, conducted during her final...
Friday, June 28, 2013
Labor Women under attack from the Sisterhood for betraying Julia Gillard, Australia
Women in the Labor caucus have come under fire from the ‘sisterhood’ for siding with the men who brought down Julia Gillard. By comparison, the men who actually orchestrated the rise and fall of our first female Prime Minister, got off relatively...
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Julia Gillard speech after being ousted as prime minister - video, Australia
Julia Gillard speaks after Kevin Rudd won the Labor leadership ballot. Gillard, in a calm speech, thanks her supporters and constituents and announces, as promised, she will be leaving politics due to the defeat. She thanks colleagues for the...

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