Australia’s 45th Parliament could have 43 women MPs sitting among its 150 members. But they are not equally split between the parties. The Liberal-National Coalition is likely to have just 13 women among their 76 MPs, while the Labor Party is projected to have 28 women in their 69-seat bloc; that’s 17.1% compared to 40.6%. Rebekha Sharkie from the Nick Xenophon Team and independent Cathy McGowan will take their places on the crossbench.
The ALP currently has a gender quota of 40% female MPs, with the goal of increasing the quota to 50-50 within the next 10 years. Results from the 2016 election demonstrate clearly the effectiveness of quotas for increasing the representation of women in leadership.