Gender and Politics Report 2015

Gender and Politics Report 2015


The MRC Gender and Politics Report finds that women are outnumbered by men in both major parties in every parliament in the country. While the Liberal Party achieved early success in increasing the number of women candidates, there has been little progress in correcting the gender imbalance for the last two decades.

In a forward to the report, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the paper demonstrates that the Liberal Party must increase the involvement of women in its organisation and parliamentary ranks.

The report rejects the rigid, top-down quota system adopted by the Labor Party. It calls for Liberal Party divisions to set realistic, incremental targets for female representatives to encourage change from the grass roots up.

The report, co-authored by Nicolle Flint and Nick Cater, was released in Adelaide to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Liberal Party’s Federal Women’s Committee Conference. 

Nicolle Flint is the Chairman of the Rural and Regional Council, Liberal Party of Australia (SA Division). 

Nick Cater is Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre. 


Sir Robert Menzies - read the original 'WOMEN FOR CANBERRA' speech Sir Robert Menzies made in 1943 below. 

Prime Minister Tony Abbott - read the PM's Federal Women's Committee Conference speech made on 15 August 2015 endorsing the Menzies Research Centre report below. 

Senator Linda Reynolds - read Senator Reynolds' speech at the Federal Women's Committee forum on 16 August 2015 below. 

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