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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...
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Will the pandemic help or hinder an Australian “women’s wave” in politics?
By Kristine Ziwica, In June, Chris Wallace, an associate professor at the University of Canberra’s 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, wrote a piece for The Conversation in which she claimed that Morrison’s decision to end free child care and single out the...
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...
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...
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
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, 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...
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, June 26, 2013
Women ablaze: Australia's fiery gender-war election
Loud, crude, risky, seductive, personal and at times violent, Australia's "gender war" will go down as the legacy of the 2013 national elections, no matter the political outcome. And one of the loudest battles recently, with about two months left...
Friday, April 05, 2013
Women still outnumbered where it counts, Australia
That much-publicised milestone of political gender equality in the US? 20 per cent. Yes. Being outnumbered four to one is a milestone for women in the US Senate. Closer to home, Australia granted women the right to vote and to seek election in 1902...
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Women in Parliament: Strengthening Democracy around the World
This paper describes the situation of women in parliaments around the world with specific references to Australia, Indonesia, Sweden, and Pacific and African countries. It also provides recommendations to women leaders on how to enter politics and...
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Women’s Political Participation in Traditional and Conservative Societies
This consolidated response highlights types of positive action measures, advocacy campaigns, women’s movements, and educational opportunities that help women in traditional and conservative societies to overcome some of the barriers that they face...
Monday, April 02, 2007
What Is a Gender Audit
This paper highlights the importance of conducting gender audits of national budgets. It describes the concept of gender audits, provides a list of questions to guide a gender audit, and examines the situation of women with respect to the economy....