It's (well past) time for more women in cabinet

- Campaign dated September 2015 -

Right now the Australian cabinet looks very little like Australia. Men hold 9 times as much power in the cabinet as women - at a time when the government is leaving women without access to potentially life-saving domestic violence services; the gender pay gap is close to 18%, and older women are the fastest growing group of homeless Australians.

The federal cabinet is one of the most important decision-making bodies in the country. We should make sure it harnesses the talent and energy of the whole population, and has the benefit of varied perspectives and life experiences.

That's why it's critical Malcolm Turnbull​ doesn't continue to exclude women from the federal cabinet room. Can you help make sure the new Prime Minister designate receives the message loud and clear -- that Australians want to see more women in Cabinet? 

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Any leader's decisions about cabinet appointments are influenced by a range of factors, including the need to appoint Ministers from a range of states, and the appointment of the required number of National Party members.1 It's well past time the representation of women was an issue considered with similar seriousness. 

-References-

1. Jane Caro on women in cabinet: quotas and 'merit' in politics, Crikey, 17 September 2013.

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Dear Prime Minister designate,

We urge you to ensure that any changes to your Cabinet address the under-representation of women in this key decision-making forum.

Signed,

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Sarah , 4562  /  signed 2015-09-16 16:19:09 +1000
"Please use the talent of the women in parliament to address the gender imbalance in your new Cabinet"
rhonda , 3840  /  signed 2015-09-16 14:30:48 +1000
danielle , 2065  /  signed 2015-09-16 13:54:45 +1000
Julie-Anne , 2050  /  signed 2015-09-16 13:45:33 +1000
Sarah , 2203  /  signed 2015-09-16 11:50:15 +1000
Emma , 2148  /  signed 2015-09-15 19:02:41 +1000
Kaitlin , 2026  /  signed 2015-09-15 12:36:01 +1000
Tansy , 3078  /  signed 2015-09-15 11:45:50 +1000
"Time for these privileged men to make way for talented women Malcolm"
Belinda , 3079  /  signed 2015-09-15 11:25:45 +1000
"Mr Turnbull.Please have more women in the federal cabinet.
It’s really important that women have more of an equal place in positions of representation, and it is one way to help deal with the epidemic of violence we see against women – because it indicates women are valued and listened to and respected. It sends a clear message to the nation."
Miranda , 3101  /  signed 2015-09-15 11:12:34 +1000
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