Sounds to me like you are pushing a political barrow with selective quotes and very little reference to facts. State and Territory governments have more to do with health and social administration than does the federal government, and governments in Australia are generally a patchwork of Labor and LNP, with women's issues rising and falling more in line with social and economic factors than whoever happens to be in government.

I personally think that we could usefully look to New Zealand as a model, rather than any of our local parties. Jacinda Ardern heads a government that includes twelve women, but that is still a minority.

If strong female leaders on the left cannot find an even gender split in their own parties, then I suggest that the problem is not a political one.

Be that as it may, we are a long way away from parity in leadership, wages, and just about every measure of social progress you care to name. But that is true throughout the world; Australia is nothing out of the ordinary in this.

In Australia, women outnumber men, and voting is compulsory. So why the hell are we voting for male representatives?

I always give a woman my first preference. Do you?


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