Australia has strived for a long time to have 50% representation of men and women in government. A recent report has found that women hold 48.5% of all positions on governance boards. While this a positive step, and the highest it's ever been in Australia’s history, it doesn’t tell the whole story.
Stuffing women into lower-level positions to fill quotas does little to advance gender equality -- and, as this year’s budget shows, can lead to pretty poor outcomes.
Crikey takes a look at how many women hold the top ministerial positions around Australia of party leader, leader of the upper house, treasurer, finance minister, education minister, and health minister.