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Queensland’s new Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has taken big steps forward for women in politics, but Conrad Liveris is still waiting for that glass ceiling to completely crash down.
Annastacia Palaszczuk has achieved a first – the first woman to form government from the opposition benches in Australian history. She will go down in history with other firsts like Carmen Lawrence, Mary Gaudron, Dorothy Tangney and Edith Cowan.
Truly, a remarkable step.
True to the progressive values she waxes, she leads a female leadership team with Jackie Trad, and over the weekend announced her cabinet – eight women and six men.
A bit of an “up yours” to Queensland conservatism.
Annastacia Palaszczuk could have gone harder. Queensland, in all of their glory, has never had a female treasurer. In fact, most Australian states have never had one. Neither has Federal Parliament.
Putting people into boxes and assuming that women cannot competently hold economic leadership, is not right.
It is barely representative. It is definitely not meritorious.
While it’s great that Annastacia Palaszczuk was able to elevate a diverse team and begin to create a pipeline after she inevitably passes the baton, has she fallen short?
There is more work to do to make politics more inclusive and representative. Politicians need to be more inclusive and aspirational. By not affording opportunity widely, our parliaments can become mediocre.
It seems as if there are still some ceilings that need to be smashed, even with women in charge.