Women's representation

Number of female Liberal MPs pushed to 20 year low: join the call for change

When Federal Parliament resumes next month, 8 out of 10 Liberal MPs representing us will be men – the lowest level of women's representation in the Party since Paul Keating was elected in 1993.[1]

This shocking low is creating a storm of attention around the long-standing issue of women’s under-representation within our Government. It’s already prompted several Senior Ministers to speak out in support of change, and ensured the topic will be on the agenda at the Liberal Women’s Council meeting scheduled this fortnight.

It means there's a critical opportunity to secure change -- if we can bolster the efforts of internal advocates by showing this is an issue that voters and party members demand action on.

Can you sign your support for action, and then ask your friends to join you?

More information (click to view)

With such a close election result, you can bet that the Party is currently undertaking an extensive analysis of what did and didn’t win them votes this election, and re-setting internal priorities for the next three years. In fact there’s already speculation that the federal director of the party might be replaced. 

We need to make sure increasing the number of women being pre-selected and elected (particularly in safe seats) – is on that list of priorities. That means making sure the voices of voters and Party members calling for progress drown out those stuck in the past.

-References-

1. ‘Cultural change a must’ for Libs to get women in parliament, The Australian, 18 July 2016.

Julie Bishop backs calls for Liberals to put more women into parliament, The Guardian, 17 July 2016.

Help us get to 1,000 signatures

912 SIGNATURES

Join the campaign:

As voters we are extremely concerned about the ongoing under-representation of women in our political parties.

We urge the Liberal Party to make addressing this issue an internal priority, and express our support for strong measures to increase the number of women pre-selected as Liberal candidates (particularly in safe seats) before the next federal election.

Signed,

* required fields

Latest activity

Michelle , 6053  /  signed 2017-03-09 00:15:26 +1100
"Edith Dircksey Cowan was the first woman in British legislature at the beginning of the 19th century. She was a conservative.
The Liberal party supported the first female parliamentarian then and need to keep up the representation. If you get the chance, speak to Annabelle Crabb about it. We need more women in parliament."
Josephine , 4655  /  signed 2017-03-08 21:57:16 +1100
Jaia , 6050  /  signed 2017-01-25 19:15:33 +1100
Michelle , 3000  /  signed 2016-12-20 21:40:30 +1100
Roselie , 3187  /  signed 2016-12-08 18:33:24 +1100
Krista , 4341  /  signed 2016-12-03 11:51:22 +1100
Averil , 2641  /  signed 2016-09-24 21:56:19 +1000
"I think it’s time we are properly represented. Why do women still not have a louder voice in Federal Parliament? Please sign and promote change here."
Tracey , 4671  /  signed 2016-08-24 12:48:50 +1000
"The Liberal Party does not represent modern Australia when 80% of its politicians are male. There is clearly systemic gender bias in the Liberal Party if female candidates are not being routinely selected for safe seats."
Kylie , 3192  /  signed 2016-08-21 10:18:57 +1000
Lindyjane , 7270  /  signed 2016-08-15 13:36:18 +1000
"Women deserve so much better than this shabby result. We are half the population and we deserve half the representation. It is an outrage that more than a hundred years after we won the vote an the right to sit for office we are still so woefully under represented by the Liberal party. Shame on you all!"
1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    26  27  Next →