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Annastacia Palaszczuk-Photo /Official Website
Saturday, February 14, 2015
A day of firsts for women in politics, and one in particular
It’s a historic day for politics and women in Australia – and even more remarkable for one woman minister, who is also Queensland’s first ever Indigenous woman MP. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s cabinet marks an Australian first, with a majority of...
Kelly O'Dwyer: "There are lots of very good female colleagues of mine who are ripe for promotion."
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Women in cabinet: Prime Minister doubles women's cabinet representation to two
It must have been awkward, all this time, commencing cabinet meetings with the greeting: "Good morning, Lady and gentlemen". Now the Prime Minister has doubled his number of female ministers, from one to two, he can amend his opening line to reflect...
Indonesia 8, Australia 1
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Women in high office: Indonesia 8, Australia 1
Indonesia’s new president Joko Widodo has appointed eight women to his cabinet, vastly outdoing the Australian government when it comes to female representation. The humble furniture maker-turned president, more accustomed to carving wooden cabinets...
Friday, August 01, 2014
The government is making gender equality a tougher battle in Australia
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen A national meeting of Labor women has been told the government is making gender equality a tougher battle in Australia. Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek told the convention on Saturday that a range of budget measures...
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Julia Gillard hopes to inspire more women to enter politics, Australia
Admitting that her own experience in politics was "mixed", Ms Gillard said she hoped more women would enter politics. The 51-year-old Welsh-born former lawyer said she has begun writing a memoir and plans to tell her story "in my own words, in my...
Sunday, September 22, 2013
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...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The Politics of Women and the Women of Politics, Australia
In Australia, we congratulate Nova Peris on being the first indigenous female elected to the federal parliament and wish her success in her Senate journey ahead. Australia now has our first female Foreign Minister. Across the history of 28 Speakers...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Senate veterans decry cabinet's lack of women, Australia
Liberal senator Sue Boyce has criticised as ''shocking and embarrassing'' the appointment of only one woman to the new federal cabinet. Only foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop made it into the 19-member cabinet announced by prime minister-...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Women leading the way in Mackay politics, Australia
Tony Abbott's cabinet in Canberra is running short on girl power, but it's the sisters who continue to run the show in the Mackay region. With 18 blokes and only one woman, Mr Abbott's choice of LNP frontbenchers has been heavily criticised for a...
Monday, September 16, 2013
Why is there only one woman in Tony Abbott's cabinet? Australia
Women in politics are treated differently. To be a good politician, you have to be capable of getting on with the job in the face of criticism. But I am deeply worried that the level of gender-based attacks female politicians have been subjected to...
Sunday, September 08, 2013
Nova Peris elected as first Indigenous woman in Federal Parliament, Australia
Nova Peris has become the first Indigenous woman to be elected to the Federal Parliament. The Olympic hockey gold medal winner will take a place in the Senate representing the Northern Territory for Labor. She gave her victory speech immediately...
Friday, September 06, 2013
Australian Women in Politics: Cate Faehrmann, lead Senate candidate for the Greens in NSW
Cate Faehrmann acknowledges the fact that she took a big risk in resigning from the NSW Legislative Assembly to contest the federal election on September 7. But for this traditional ‘greenie’ and founding director of GetUp!, “its absolutely a risk...
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: 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...