Despite increasing numbers of women entering federal politics, female MPs have failed to drive an agenda of social change in the Australian Parliament. This conclusion has been reached through a study of 13 male and 15 female current federal MPs, whose views were sought on their own experiences in parliament, and the way in which the institution operates and impacts on their lives. This was part of a research project which sought an explanation for the paucity of women MPs and Ministers in the Australian Parliament after white Australian women have had more than one hundred years of universal franchise and the right to stand for political office.

What the research discovered was that although more women are gracing its corridors the Australian Parliament remains a male-dominated institution, geared towards men with women still unable to gain access to key policy making areas or be seen as an integral part of the parliamentary process.

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