“You want women like me in politics.”
That was one comment that Peta Credlin, the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s chief of staff, made at last night’s Australian Women’s Weekly Women of the Future awards. She continued: “You want women in places where they can make a difference, because half the policy in this country is for us but only about a 10th of it is by us. And if we do not stand up and put women in the epicentre of decision making, whether it’s boardrooms, government boards, politics, cabinet rooms, wherever, if you don’t have women there, we will not exist.”
It is a curious observation. Peta Credlin was chief of staff to the Prime Minister who installed a single woman in Cabinet in 2013. Paul Keating was the last Prime Minister to have that ratio in the upper echelon of government and that was back in 1995.