Women in politics


Global gender gap report 2021

Another generation of women will have to wait for gender parity, according to this report. As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt, closing the global gender gap has increased by a generation from 99.5 years to 135.6 years.
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Fact Check: Tanya Plibersek wrong on the history of women in cabinet

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek claims the last time there was only one woman in Cabinet was 1976.
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Fact Check: Scott Morrison says his Cabinet maintains a record representation of women. Is he correct?

With a number of new faces promoted after the Coalition's election victory, the Prime Minister claims that the number of women in Cabinet remains at a record high.
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Fact Check: Is the level of Liberal women in Parliament lower now than it was in 1996?

The Liberal Party has again come under fire for the low number of women in its federal parliamentary team, with former Liberal senator Judith Troeth arguing female representation was "disgracefully lagging" and had regressed over the past 22 years.
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Fact Check: has the Coalition been unable to reach its target of 50 per cent women on government boards?

Following the ousting of prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and allegations that women were bullied during the leadership spill, independent Victorian MP Cathy McGowan has cast doubt on the Coalition's ability to boost the number of women in its ranks, claim
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Fact Check: Does Labor have twice the number of women the Liberals have in Parliament and on the frontbench?

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek claims that Labor is well ahead of the Liberal Party when it comes to female representation, with more than double the number of women in its parliamentary party, and double the number of women on its frontbench.
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Fact Check: Does Scott Morrison's first cabinet have additional female representation?

As the dust settles on a messy leadership spill, allegations of bullying of female members of the parliamentary Liberal Party have opened a debate over whether the party has a problem with women's representation. But Josh Frydenberg, the newly elected Dep
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Fact Check: Are there more women in federal cabinet now than ever before?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull claims there are more women in his current cabinet than in any previous government.
Briefing paper

Widows and wives in Pacific politics: a reliable pathway for women?

Understanding women’s pathways to political leadership remains a critical area of academic and public policy focus in the Pacific.

Global gender gap report 2020

Gender parity has a fundamental bearing on whether or not economies and societies thrive. None of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children. That’s the sobering finding of this year's edition of the Global Gender Gap...