Women in politics

Politicians Are Rambling About Gender, So Here's How Many Women Are Actually In Each Parliament

Women account for an average of just 33% of the seats in federal parliament. The Labor party has had quotas to improve female representation since the 1990s and the Coalition has voluntary targets. On Wednesday two senior female politicians in the Liberal party said the Coalition's record on delivering for women "far exceeded Labor" even though less than a quarter of federal Liberal MPs are women compared to almost half of Labor politicians.

This Mother Of A Stillborn Baby Doesn't Want Any Other Women To Go Through What She Did

Ann-Maree Imrie conceived quickly and was told she had a healthy pregnancy. But at six-and-a-half months gestation, the Sydney mother noticed a change of movement and went in for a check-up. "The sonographer just looked at us and said 'I'm not able to find a foetal heartbeat'," Sydney mother Imrie told BuzzFeed News. "Obviously your world comes crashing down and then you're told to pick a day where they can induce you and you can give birth."

These Politicians Have Shared Their Heartbreaking Stories Of Stillbirth

The report came after an inquiry established by Labor senator Kristina Keneally, who spoke to BuzzFeed News in April about her stillborn daughter Caroline. Keneally “confessed” there were times she grew “incredibly angry” during the hearings. “The anger I felt wasn’t directed at anything other than just grief that babies had died in this country when we could have saved them,” Keneally told the Senate on Tuesday night.

This Female Politician's Sex Life Has Been Discussed In Parliament, And On TV And Radio. Now She's Talking To Her Lawyers

Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday May 8, 2018. Hanson-Young accused Liberal Democrat politician David Leyonhjelm of yelling "stop shagging men, Sarah" across the floor of the Senate during a debate about whether women should protect themselves against violence with pepper spray on Friday.

This Right-Wing Politician Wants You To Pay Less For Tampons And Love Your Labia

The push to remove Australia's "tampon tax" found an unlikely ambassador this week when senator David Leyonhjelm used Senate estimates to revisit the question of why women pay the 10% goods and services (GST) tax on feminine hygiene products. "The section 38.45 of the GST act makes medical aides and devices GST-free provided that they're widely used by people with an illness or a disability," Leyonhjelm said, pointing out that incontinence pads are free of the GST but sanitary pads are not.

This Female Politician Says A Male Politician Slut-Shamed Her

"He is, for lack of a better word — and I really apologise for this — I'm thankful that my daughter is home in bed still and not up for school — he is slut-shaming me," Hanson-Young told ABC's Radio National this morning. "That is what he is doing." Leyonhjelm has not denied yelling the words across the floor of the Senate during a debate on Friday about whether women should protect themselves against violence with pepper spray and has since refused to apologise for the slur. Hanson-Young told

The "Boost" To Paid Parental Leave Is Actually A Cut That Leaves Australia "Further Behind" The Rest Of The World

Share On more Share On more Social services minister Christian Porter proposed the government's scheme be lengthened from 18 to 20 weeks on Wednesday when he announced sweeping changes to welfare, paid parental leave and family tax benefits, wrapping up all the measures into a single, so-called “(Omnibus) Bill”. But tens of thousands of Australians who each year receive parental leave payments from both their employer and the federal government – a practice former treasurer Joe Hockey called “d

Tanya Plibersek Just Declared That "For Labor To Be Pro-Women It Must Be Pro-Choice"

For the Labor party to be pro-women it must be pro-choice, the party's deputy leader Tanya Plibersek said on Wednesday night in a passionate speech about how far Australia still has to come to ensure women have reproductive freedoms. "We need to make sure that women have autonomy over their bodies," Plibersek told those gathered at a Canberra event organised by Emily's List, a financial and support network for progressive Labor women candidates.
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