Oct 29, 2012

Women in the bear pit: state-by-state analysis of female MPs

A state-by-state analysis finds the ACT and Victoria are the most female-friendly parliaments. But which state has 93% male MPs? Writer and Emily's List fellow Tanja Kovac crunches numbers.

A big weekend of election results around the country has seen the ACT retain its crown as having the highest proportion of women in any parliament in the country -- although it has slipped somewhat. A state-by-state analysis for Crikey has found that Victoria and the Northern Territory also rank relatively highly for female representation in their lower houses, while Western Australia (where just 7% of lower house Coalition MPs are women) comes in last. Looking at MPs from the two major parties across the country's lower houses (and federal Parliament), about a quarter of MPs are women.

Before the recent ACT 2012 election, women made up 41% of the unicameral Legislative Assembly. That's now 35%. The slide in representation is largely due to female Greens MLAs (Meredith Hunter, Amanda Bresnan and Caroline Le Couteur) being replaced by two Liberal Party men (Andrew Wall and Steve Doszpot) and Labor's Yvette Berry. The make-up of the new ACT Assembly repeats a long-term trend across the nation, with Labor significantly ahead of the Coalition in its representation of women in parliament. Labor women in the ACT have now achieved parity for the first time, with a 50-50 split of seats between the s-xes:

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3 thoughts on “Women in the bear pit: state-by-state analysis of female MPs

  1. beachcomber

    Why would a woman want to run for the Misogyny Party?
    Why would men want to vote for a woman running for the Misogyny Party?
    Why would women want to vote for a women running for the Misogyny Party?
    It’s surprising the Misogyny Party has any women in Parliament.

  2. cazza

    This data has remained rather static over the past decade. I think Queensland State Parliament deserve a special raspberry: they went from a government which included a female leader & 49% of seats held by women to a new government with a male leader and a 17% representation of women. Thanks to Tanya for her data & analysis.

  3. Edward James

    Why would politicians want to be members of the two parties not much preferred when their first responsibility is to their constituents not other politicians? Edward James

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