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Women in Australian parliaments

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Women in Australian parliaments

Posted 23/07/2014 by Joy McCann

Across Australia women continue to be significantly under-represented in parliament and

executive government, comprising less than one-third of all parliamentarians and one-fifth

of all ministers.

The Parliamentary Library has recently published an updated research paper, Representation

of women in Australian parliaments 2014. It presents the latest data on women serving in

Australian vice-regal, government and parliamentary leadership positions, ministries and

parliamentary committees, as well as presenting an overview of female candidates in

previous Commonwealth elections. Whilst the focus of the paper is on the Commonwealth

Parliament, it includes comparative information about women in state and territory

parliaments, local government, government boards and the corporate sector. It also

presents an overview of the broader issue of gender diversity in leadership and executive

decision-making roles in Australia. The Library has recently produced two related

publications: Composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender, as at 2 July 2014

and Australia’s female political leaders: a quick guide.