South Australia

May 22, 2017

‘Woman problem’ plagues Liberals around the country

SA's Liberal leader concedes it's a "fact" that women are under-represented in the Liberal ranks. But he also says it's as important to promote candidates who represent a broader cross-section of society -- regardless of gender. InDaily journalist Tom Richardson reports.

Liberals' woman problem

South Australian opposition leader Steven Marshall (right) and deputy leader Vickie Chapman

Among a frenzy of questions from the floor, the one that seemed to stop South Australian Opposition Leader Steven Marshall momentarily in his tracks came not from a political opponent or business lobbyist, but from a Year 12 student from Wilderness School.

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5 thoughts on “‘Woman problem’ plagues Liberals around the country

  1. John Attwood

    Seriously?? your statement … “It’s a fair point — SA remains the only Australian state yet to have a female premier. The only woman to lead a major party was Redmond.”
    Have you not heard of Gladys Berejiklian (NSW), Anna Bligh (Qld).
    or did you mean “the only state so far NOT to have had a female Premier” ?
    Obtuse reporting is unclear!

    1. Richard Vaughan

      It makes perfect sense the way it is written, and by using yet instead of not their is no need for the additional ‘had’ that your version requires to signify both current or former female premiers, because it is implicit.

      1. Richard Vaughan

        There, not their obviously, bloody autocorrect!

  2. Linda Connolly

    Carmen Lawrence ring a bell? Too young to remember Joan Kirner?


    Quality and quantity
    I do not think it is sexist to make an obvious point.
    In general, considering the character and ability that is presented by female politicians, women on the Labor side are a generous cut above those of the Coalition.
    There is no contest between the Gillards, Wongs and Pilberseks as distinct from the Bishop’s, Cash’s and O’Dwyers.
    The former are relevant the latter are not.

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