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: