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Women’s March

The Women’s March was a worldwide protest on 21 January 2017, to advocate legislation and policies regarding human rights and other issues, including women’s rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, reproductive rights, the natural environment, LGBTIQ rights, racial equality, freedom of … Continue reading

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June Oscar AO becomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

On 3 April 2017, June Oscar AO became Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, the first woman to hold the position. A Bunuba woman from Fitzroy Valley in Western Australia, June Oscar was formerly CEO at the Marninwarntikura … Continue reading

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Fiona Simson elected first female president of National Farmers Federation

In November 2016, Fiona Simson was elected as the first female president of the National Farmers Federation. She was the NFF’s first female president in its 37-year history, after also being the first woman to lead the New South Wales … Continue reading

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Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence releases final report

The Royal Commission into Family Violence report was tabled in the Victorian Parliament on Wednesday, 30 March 2016. The Commission’s multi-volume report canvasses the many views heard by the Commission during its consultation processes and covers a broad range of … Continue reading

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COAG Advisory Panel on Violence against Women and their Children makes its report

On 1 April 2016, the COAG Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children submitted its final report to COAG, containing six areas for action and 28 recommendations. At this meeting, COAG gave its in principle support to … Continue reading

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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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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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Rural Women’s Unit established in Department of Agriculture

In 1995, the Australian government established a Rural Women’s Unit in its agricultural department. This had the effect of increasing women’s visibility in departmental programs and training.

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Inaugural “Women in Agriculture International Conference” held in Melbourne

In July 1994, the inaugural “Women in Agriculture International Conference” was held at the University of Melbourne, encouraging discussion on public rural issues. This was the largest agricultural farming conference held in Australia at that time, with 850 women from … Continue reading

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