Women are missing from some of our most important policy-making agencies, with real consequences for economic policy. Treasury, at least, is trying to improve.
Talkback radio is dominated by male presenters. If we’re to have any hope of diversity of opinion we need more women on the radio.
While politicians on both sides have gone out of their way to put their best pro women foot forward, is it anything more than spin? Is there any substance in policies on either side that appeals to women? As for the behaviour of our political leaders, is it actually supposed to instil confidence? From where I'm sitting, it all looks pretty disappointing.
There are just two women in the 20-member shadow cabinet: Julie Bishop and Sophie Mirabella. The cabinet has five women. This is just the start of a pattern where women make up a smaller proportion of positions of power on the Liberal side than among their opponents.
Paul Keating once derided Kate McClymont, The Sydney Morning Herald’s star investigative sleuth, for spending her time sniffing bicycle seats and chasing subterranean odours. Sydney's shonks and crooks, however, know better than to question her nose for news.
I wasn't personally affronted by that particular text message in the context of all the alleged indiscretions of the former Speaker. But it is entirely understandable that many people were.
When it comes to the ASX100, there has been progress on gender diversity, but the progress isn't seeping to the boards of mid-sized listed companies. Of the ASX100 companies, 93 have women on their boards, according to a report released by the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors.
I was delighted to read in The Age that Margie Abbott has publicly declared her husband to be a feminist. A result, she says, of raising three daughters and being surrounded by strong women. All of whom have dutifully trotted around in his wake in the last few days touting his previously well-hidden feminist credentials.
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