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Parliamentary Privilege: Bias, Boys’ Clubs and Women in Politics

This conversation originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday 27 July was postponed in response to current health advice and restrictions on public events. It is now a digital premiere event and can be watched from this page on Tuesday 3 August at 6.30pm.

Find out more about our response to Covid-19 here.

Broadly Speaking: Parliamentary Privilege: Bias, Boys' Clubs and Women in Politics

Australia ranks 48th in the world for parliamentary gender diversity. Just one in ten Australian women aged 18 to 25 believe that federal parliament provides a safe workplace environment for young women, and almost three-quarters (72%) say they would never want to work in politics.

All too often, the field of politics is a hostile one for women to navigate. For generations, women have faced systemic challenges and deterrents to embarking on a political career. How can we dismantle these barriers and create pathways to greater representation?

For this conversation, we’re bringing together current, former and future female politicians of different generations to discuss the political gender divide. Join Arrernte activist, unionist, and recently-announced Greens candidate for Cooper Celeste Liddle; advocate and the Martin Luther King Jr Center’s 2021 Youth Influencer of the Year Yasmin Poole; and former Liberal MP and author of Power Play: Breaking Through Bias, Barriers and Boys' Clubs Julia Banks as they consider the obstacles and rewards experienced by women in politics. Hosted by Patricia Karvelas.

Presented in partnership with The Capitol and RMIT Culture

The online bookseller for this event is Neighbourhood Books.

The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund


Portrait of Celeste Liddle

Celeste Liddle

Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte woman (traditional owner in Central Australia) who was born in Canberra and has been living in Melbourne since she was a teenager. She is a trade unionist, an activist, a feminist, a social commentator and an opinion writer. In May 2021, she was announced as the preselected Greens candidate for the seat of Cooper in the upcoming Federal Election.

Portrait of Julia Banks

Julia Banks

Julia Banks has unique leadership experience spanning a career in law, the corporate business world and as a Member of the Federal Parliament of Australia. Julia graduated in Arts and Law from Monash University, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She worked in global companies for over twenty years, in senior executive director roles and as General Counsel.

She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2016 as the only candidate to win a seat from the Opposition, resulting in the Coalition returning to government with a one-seat majority. Amidst controversy in 2018, she resigned from the Coalition Government’s Liberal Party and stood as an independent MP. Julia is now the principal consultant in her own business and a public speaker in the areas of governance, workplace culture, and women in leadership. Julia lives in Melbourne with her husband and they have two children.

Portrait of Yasmin Poole

Yasmin Poole

Yasmin is an award-winning speaker, writer and youth advocate. She is Plan International’s National Ambassador and champions the importance of young women being heard in Australia’s political conversations. She has also appeared on prominent television programs such as Q+A, The Drum and The Project.

Yasmin is the Non-Executive Board Director of OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue charity and YWCA, a national feminist organisation that has supported women and girls for 140 years.

In 2019, Yasmin was the youngest member of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence and Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians. She was most recently named The Martin Luther King Jr Center’s 2021 Youth Influencer of the Year.

Portrait of Patricia Karvelas

Patricia Karvelas

Patricia Karvelas is a prominent Australian journalist, beginning her professional career at the ABC and SBS 20 years ago.

She currently presents Radio National’s flagship radio current affairs programme RN Drive­ – a role she took up in January 2015. Patricia co-hosts the ABC’s popular weekly political podcast, The Party Room. She also presents Afternoon Briefing on ABC news TV at 4pm every day.

Broadly Speaking

Join us for Broadly Speaking – a series of deep dives into feminism and gender. Featuring brilliant local and international feminist thinkers talking culture, media, matriarchy, law, health, sex, sovereignty and more. 

Building on conversations begun at Broadside festival in 2019, we’ll bring contemporary feminist discussions to you, wherever you are. Tune in to Broadly Speaking for talks that’ll feed your curiosity and expand your thinking.

The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.



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