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The Brief: Women in politics

Episode Summary

How can Australia create more space for female representation? This week on The Brief, we take a look at whether the tide is turning for women in politics and the media.

Episode Notes

Women face a considerable challenge getting into politics, and it doesn’t necessarily get any easier once they’re there. In Australia, the total number of women in parliament is just over 30 per cent, and their treatment by male colleagues at times leaves a lot to be desired. So what can Australia do to create more space for women in politics and policy-making?

In her final episode as presenter of The Brief, Edwina Landale chats with Blair Williams about why Australia’s Liberal and Labor parties differ when it comes to gender quotas and safe seats, how female politicians are represented in the media, and whether Australian politics is becoming more or less gendered.

Blair Williams is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University working on a comparative study of women prime ministers, and is the Social Media Coordinator for the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Women's Caucus.

Edwina Landale is the presenter of The Brief. She is a student of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at the ANU.

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