My Story: Julia Gillard’s Book Launched By Quentin Bryce

Australia’s first female Governor-General today launched the memoirs of the nation’s first female prime minister.

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Julia Gillard was prime minister for 3 years and 3 days from June 23, 2010. Her 504-page book of memoirs, My Story, was published this week.

In her speech, Quentin Bryce, appointed Governor-General by Gillard’s predecessor Kevin Rudd in 2008, emphasised the example Gillard set for girls and women. [Read more…]


Women In The Media: Lisa Wilkinson’s Andrew Olle Media Lecture

Lisa Wilkinson, co-host of Channel 9’s Today show, has delivered the 2013 Andrew Olle media lecture.

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Wilkinson spoke at the Australian Technology Park, in Redfern, Sydney. Her speech focussed on the role of women in the media. [Read more…]


Eva Cox: Abbott A Confused, Conservative Sexist, But Not A Misogynist

At last, some sensible analysis of the misogyny and sexism “debate” that erupted during 2012.

This article by Eva Cox was originally published on The Conversation.

Tony Abbott: a confused, conservative sexist, but not a misogynist

By Eva Cox, University of Technology, Sydney

When Prime Minister Julia Gillard gave her now famous speech attacking Tony Abbott, millions of women around the world cheered.

Her denunciation echoed and fuelled their anger at being unfairly judged because they were women and missing out on what they believed was their dues.

Initially, Australian media and commentators and party strategists were caught short, falling back on masculinised biases that failed to recognise women’s genuine response to a carefully crafted, but heartfelt attack. However, once the strategists recognised their errors, both sides decided to elevate their version of the gender card to enhance their election chances.

Will this sudden interest in women by the political strategists either influence voters or the policy options on offer? If so, who will benefit? [Read more…]


Julia Gillard Lashes Abbott In Slipper Debate; Misogyny Speech

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has attacked Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, labelling him a misogynist, in a parliamentary debate over the future of Speaker Peter Slipper.

Gillard spoke on a motion from Abbott to remove Slipper from the post he stood aside from in April.

The Prime Minister began by saying: “I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. I will not. And the Government will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. Not now, not ever.”

She said of Abbott: “Because if he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia, he doesn’t need a motion in the House of Representatives, he needs a mirror.” [Read more…]


Day 10: Rituals, Women And A Moment To Behold

Election campaigns bring with them many absurd rituals.

One is the knowing commentator who asserts that Abbott or Gillard is doing something or other because the party’s “internal polling” is telling them such-and-such. Of course, I always put this person down as uniquely privy to information from the most confidential of sources inside one or other of the parties.

Another is the ritual incantation that the campaign is an insult to our intelligence because the political parties dare to use slogans and catchphrases. Before long, this election becomes the most hollow in our history – again.

I was reminded of another ritual yesterday when I saw a couple of body language “experts” on morning television offering profound thoughts on Julia Gillard’s waving hands in Sunday night’s debate. These political authorities pop up every election. [Read more…]


Coming Of Age: The Sex Discrimination Act, Women, Men, Work And Family

Pru Goward, Sex Discrimination CommissionerThe federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Pru Goward, says it is time to put paid and unpaid work and family responsibilities in the spotlight.

In an address to the National Press Club in Canberra, Ms Goward said there was a need to closely examine these issues to better understand the pressures facing men and women and the barriers to balancing work and family in Australia today.

The Commissioner used the occasion to launch a new Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission project titled Striking the Balance: Women, Men, Work and Family. [Read more…]