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Tuesday 30 June 2015
Featured Feminism Politics

ditch the what? women and australian politics

Amy Mowle
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It was March 2011. Over 3,000 people had gathered on the lawns of Parliament house. Weeks earlier, Prime Minister Julia Gillard had announced the government planned to introduce a carbon tax, a move seen in the eyes of the demonstrators as a broken promise, an outright scandal. Thousands of vitriolic protesters – placards in hand…
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Thursday 22 May 2014
news Politics

what a winker: tony abbott strikes again

Josephine Mandarano
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Ahhh, Tony Abbott, so you’ve done it again, huh? During an interview on ABC Radio Wednesday morning, the Hon. Tony Abbott MP, leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister of this dinky-di land of ours, was busted on camera winking and grinning after a caller to the radio show – who wanted to discuss…
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Monday 17 March 2014
news

in brief: anne summers offers “a few words of advice” to feminist wunderkind, tony abbott

Josephine Mandarano
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High-profile writer and feminist, Anne Summers has dutifully “congratulated” our PM Tony Abbott on his recent conversion to feminism and his adoption of ‘the principles of equality of the sexes’ – but not before offering him some advice ‘on how to ensure his government and polices are, in fact, feminist.’ In the Sydney Morning Herald,…
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Thursday 6 March 2014
Feminism Politics

tony abbott’s claim to feminism

Heidi La Paglia
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During the International Women’s Day Breakfast in Canberra yesterday, Tony Abbott claimed that his wife and three daughters have helped him become a feminist. ‘My views on policy towards women have changed and evolved in response to watching friends of mine, watching colleagues of mine and in particular looking at my daughters grow up and…
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Monday 18 November 2013
News Politics

in brief: abbott administration set to lift ban on offensive and racist language

Bridget Conway
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Attorney-General George Brandis announced last week that his first act of legislation would be to lift a ban on racial vilification that was put into place almost two decades ago. In 1995, laws were put into place to give people who were effected by racial slurs and harmful language to seek action, which could lead…
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Wednesday 2 October 2013
Featured

‘i will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man’: the campaign for a qualified minister for women

Raphaelle Race
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‘I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. I will not. And the government will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. Not now, not ever.’ Thus spoke ex-prime minister Julia Gillard last year. Whoops! Famous last words… Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s decision to appoint himself Minister for…
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Tuesday 17 September 2013
featured News

one is the loneliest number: gender in tony abbott’s cabinet

Emma Koehn
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The cast of Gilmore Girls, the cast of 7th Heaven, the Afghani national cabinet and, if you think about it, most Lynx commercials have more of the lady folk in them than Tony Abbott’s new cabinet. PM Abbott is ‘very disappointed’ that his new line up includes only one female MP. Anyway, that woman, Julie…
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Saturday 14 September 2013
Arts Fashion Opinion opinion Politics

Campaigns and Couture: The political power of fashion

Isabelle Hellyer
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From Parliament to Prada or Capitol Hill to Couture, it seems like fashion couldn’t seem further away from politics. But we mustn’t forget how easily fashion can change public perception of an individual, something that is utterly crucial in the political landscape. Some would argue that the image a leader projects is more influential than…
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Monday 26 August 2013
Featured News Opinion

considering the liberal party’s paid parental leave scheme

Heidi La Paglia
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  Tony Abbott’s proposed paid parental leave scheme to be introduced in 2015 has been described as a ‘winner’ among Australian mothers and the media. There is no doubt, if Abbott is elected, this policy will greatly benefit new mothers. But with just a few weeks until election, I can’t help but wonder; what is…
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Friday 16 August 2013
Culture Feminism News Opinion Politics

getting outraged about tony abbott’s ‘sex-appeal’ gaffe does feminism more harm than good

Zoya J. Patel
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So, once again, Tony Abbott said something inappropriate in the media. This time, it was referring to Liberal candidate for the seat of Lindsay, Fiona Scott’s ‘sex appeal’, while singing her praises to the media. Naturally, the media had a field day with the comment, which didn’t do Tony any favours considering his already low…
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Wednesday 14 August 2013
Politics

in brief: tony abbott refers to gay marriage as ‘the fashion of the moment’

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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Tony Abbott has continued into a third day of cringe-inducing foot-in-mouth, referring to same-sex marriage as ‘the fashion of the moment.’ In an interview with John Laws, Abbott spoke about his personal conviction that marriage is between a man and a woman. ‘I know where I stand on this. I respect the views of people…
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Wednesday 5 June 2013
Politics

the major parties on paid parental leave

Emma Koehn
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Minor newsflash: babies need someone to stop work and take care of them when they arrive in the world. Question is, how best to let parents stop that career thing long enough to do this? Paid parental leave schemes have been a key issue in the lead up to the Federal election, in part because…
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Saturday 11 May 2013
News

tony abbott pushes parental leave for ‘women of calibre’

Shannon Clarke
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Opposition leader Tony Abbott was on the receiving end of backlash and mockery online after comments surrounding his proposed parental leave regulations. At a press conference on 7 May, Abbott told reporters the regulations were necessary if educated women were going to pursue careers. ‘If we want women of that calibre to have families, and…
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Wednesday 1 May 2013
Politics

the major parties on marriage equality

Emma Koehn
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For the majority of Australians in support of marriage equality, it kinda feels like everyone keeps. Beating. Us. And while many sit in wait for moments like this to become a part of Aussie history, it’s worth taking a look at where the major parties stand on the issue. Marriage equality is a two-pronged issue…
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