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Barriers, Bias and Political Bastardry

Sat 11 Sep, 4pm
State Library Victoria, Conversation Quarter

From sexual assault allegations to a defence chief warning about the dangers of being attractive while drinking to Barnaby Joyce’s appointment to a taskforce set up to improve outcomes for women, many are asking: if we can’t clean up the sexism and misogyny in Canberra, how do we tackle it in the nation at large? Hear from a panel including former MPs Julia Banks (Power Play) and Kate Ellis (Sex, Lies and Question Time) as they discuss barriers, bias and political bastardry with commentator and author Jamila Rizvi.

Supported by Maurice Blackburn


1 hour


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Julia Banks is the author of Power Play: Breaking Through Bias, Barriers and Boys’ Clubs. Julia runs her own consultancy business, is a keynote speaker and holds non-executive advisory positions. Julia was a federal member of Parliament, prior to which she worked in senior executive roles in the legal and corporate sectors in global companies.

Kate Ellis was a member of Federal Parliament for 15 years between 2004 and 2019. She served as the Member for Adelaide as well as a Minister and Federal Minister. She retired and wrote a book about her experiences as a woman in politics, and those of other women across the political spectrum.

Jamila Rizvi is Chief Creative Officer for Nine Entertainment's Future Women and a best-selling author for adults and children. She is an opinion columnist for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and co-hosts two podcasts, The Weekend Briefing and Anonymous Was A Woman. Jamila lives and works on Wurundjeri land.

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