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Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre

Parliamentary Privilege: Bias, Boys’ Clubs and Women in Politics

Broadly Speaking

Australia ranks 48th in the world for parliamentary gender diversity.

This conversation originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday 27 July was postponed in response to current health advice and restrictions on public events. It is now a digital premiere event and can be watched from this page on Tuesday 3 August at 6.30pm.

Just one in ten Australian women aged 18 to 25 believe that federal parliament provides a safe workplace environment for young women, and almost three-quarters (72%) say they would never want to work in politics.

All too often, the field of politics is a hostile one for women to navigate. For generations, women have faced systemic challenges and deterrents to embarking on a political career. How can we dismantle these barriers and create pathways to greater representation?

For this conversation, we’re bringing together current, former and future female politicians of different generations to discuss the political gender divide. Join Arrernte activist, unionist, and recently-announced Greens candidate for Cooper Celeste Liddle; advocate and the Martin Luther King Jr Center’s 2021 Youth Influencer of the Year Yasmin Poole; and former Liberal MP and author of Power Play: Breaking Through Bias, Barriers and Boys’ Clubs Julia Banks as they consider the obstacles and rewards experienced by women in politics. Hosted by Patricia Karvelas.

Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture and the Wheeler Centre.

The bookseller for this event is Neighbourhood Books.

The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.