Cool, calm, elected: my profile of Tanya Plibersek

Tanya Plibersek. Photo: Ellis Parrinder

Since 2007, Plibersek has held the non-cabinet portfolios of Housing, Status of Women, Social Inclusion and Human Services. In December last year, she was elevated to cabinet.

She asked for the $51.1 billion Health portfolio, she says, because “if we get it right we can literally improve the lives of […]

Government no longer leading on women’s employment

In Australia in the 21st century the private sector is taking the lead in promoting equality for women in employment and championing women to be leaders in the business world, a field the federal government once had made its own.  Read my article in the Sydney Morning Herald, December 18 2010

The great child care betrayal

Federal Labor promised to end the “double drop off” with 260 new childcare centres located in school grounds. ┬áLast month they abandoned that promise – and raised the cost of child care, even though Treasury has proved to them that affordable quality child care is an essential pre-requisite to women being able to return to […]