Does Julia Gillard have a woman problem? On Tuesday she launched Women for Gillard, a campaigning organisation designed to boost her support and to raise funds, which is modelled on the highly effective Women for Obama campaign run in the US last year.
At this forum the Prime Minister spoke on how women might fare in political representation and in policy outcomes under an Abbott government. What on earth else would you expect her to speak about at such an event: the defence white paper?
There is evidence that many other women are cheering her on.
Yet she has been roundly attacked for doing so, and not by the usual misogynist mainstream media crowd.
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You need only to look at the gender composition of the government and opposition’s front-bench teams to judge the accuracy of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s statement the election is about ”whether, once again, we will banish women’s voices from our political life”.
If Tony Abbott is elected prime minister on September 14 the number of women at the Cabinet table will drop by 50 per cent.
Australia will go from having one of the highest representations of women in government in the democratic world to a very ordinary presence when compared with similar countries.
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Voters need to be mindful that there are men in Federal Parliament who, to quote Julia Gillard, would make abortion access their “political plaything”. A bill by Senator John Madigan is a salutary reminder that Federal Parliament does have the power to regulate access to abortion, writes Anne Summers.
Those who claim that abortion is not a federal election policy issue are ignorant of both facts and history.
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