Current UN data shows that equal representation in parliaments worldwide will take at least two decades, if current growth is maintained. But here in Australia, the numbers don’t look good. There’s just one woman in the federal cabinet, Julie Bishop – and one female state or territory leader (Katy Gallagher).
When Julia Gillard left as prime minister, she said she was confident that it would be ‘easier for the next woman and the woman after that and the woman after that’.
More than a year on, what is it like for women in Australian politics now?
EMILY’s List, an organisation that supports the advancement of progressive female politicians, will bring together an experienced panel to diagnose the status quo – and debate possible prescriptions for a healthy future for women in politics.
Presented in partnership with EMILY’s List Australia.
Lisa Darmanin is the first female executive president of the Australian Services Union’s Victorian and Tasmanian Authorities and Services Branch.
Tanja Kovac is a writer, lawyer and director/national co-convenor of EMILY’s List Australia.
She began her career as a lawyer at Slater & Gordon acting in a number of high-profile human rights cases, including as part of the legal team assisting Amnesty International in the MV Tampa case.
Karen Pickering is a feminist writer, organiser, and speaker who co-authored About Bloody Time: The Menstrual Revolution We Have to Have and edited Doing it: Women Tell the Truth About Great Sex. She has co-founded several seminal feminist events, including Girls on Film Festival and SlutWalk Melbourne, and appeares regularly across print, radio, television, and festivals.
Jennifer Kanis was elected to the seat of Melbourne in a by-election in July 2012. Before entering Parliament, Jennifer served as a councillor at the City of Melbourne from 2008 to 2012. She has carried her interest in aged care, youth services and homelessness from the council to the parliament.
Jennifer currently holds the positions of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Justice and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health. She is also Deputy Chair of the Victorian Parliament’s Accountability and Oversight and the IBAC (Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission) Parliamentary Committees.