Category Archives: Politics

Linda Burney becomes first Aboriginal woman elected to House of Representatives

On 2 July 2016, Linda Burney became the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the House of Representatives in the Australian Parliament, winning the NSW seat of Barton. A Wiradjuri woman, Linda Burney was also the first Aboriginal person … Continue reading

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Announcement of Advisory Panel to Reduce Violence Against Women

In the wake of calls to action to address domestic violence, the Federal Government announced an Advisory Panel to reduce violence against women. The panel will include 2015 Australian of the Year and domestic violence campaigner, Rosie Batty; WESNET and … Continue reading

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Natasha Stott Despoja AM appointed Ambassador for Women and Girls

On 16 December 2013, Natasha Stott Despoja AM was appointed as Ambassador for Women and Girls. “The Ambassador works closely with foreign governments and international organisations to support measures that: eradicate violence against, and trafficking of, women and girls; promote … Continue reading

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First Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Woman Elected to Federal Parliament – Nova Peris

Nova Peris was first elected in 2013 and became the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman to be elected to the Commonwealth Parliament. She is a traditional owner/descendent of and identifies with the Kiga People of the East Kimberley, Yawuru … Continue reading

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Julie Bishop becomes the first woman to be Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs

On 18 September 2013, the Hon Julie Bishop MP was sworn in as Australia’s first female Foreign Minister following four years in the role of Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. She previously served as a Cabinet Minister in … Continue reading

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First Ambassador for Women and Girls – Penny Williams

“The Office of the Ambassador for Women and Girls was established in September 2011 to  engage in international advocacy in support of Australian Government policies and programs to: empower women and girls socially, politically and economically eradicate violence against women … Continue reading

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Nicola Roxon – Australia’s first female Attorney-General

Nicola Roxon became Australia’s first female Attorney-General on 14 December 2011

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First female Premier in Tasmania – Lara Giddings

Lara Giddings became Tasmania’s first female Premier. When Lara Giddings was elected to Parliament in 1996, she was the youngest person ever elected to Parliament.

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School based Respectful Relationships Education

School based Respectful Relationships education is incorporated in the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children With considerable consultation and work by a National Advisory Council to reduce domestic violence and sexual assaults, the Federal Government’s National … Continue reading

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Six National Women’s Alliances funded

The Commonwealth Government announced funding for six National Women’s Alliances. The Alliances are to take the lead in ensuring that the voices of as many women as possible are heard, especially those who in the past have found it difficult … Continue reading

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