Equality for Women

Every day I am reminded that Australian women have so much to contribute, and that our workplaces and communities do not always recognise and support this. There is much to do to fight family violence and address structural unfairness in the workforce. My goal is that Australian women and girls, those already in the workforce, the carers, and the elderly, live with equality, dignity and safety.

Speech in Parliament on International Women’s Day

2.05pm | March 01, 2016

I rise to mark International Women's Day, which is celebrated this year, as it always is, on 8 March. It is important to start by acknowledging the origins of International Women's Day. 

Speech in Parliament on the appointment of the Sex Discrimination Commissioner

2.10pm | February 29, 2016

I rise to take note of the document entitled ‘Minister for Women (Senator Cash) to a resolution of the Senate of 3 February 2016 concerning the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’.

Speech in Parliament on violence against women

2.12pm | September 16, 2015

Domestic violence is once again on the public agenda. I am glad that we are talking about it, but I am saddened that we have to talk about it. I am saddened and horrified by the tragedies that occurred late last week that wrenched our attention, once again, to a problem that is ordinarily in society's peripheral vision. It is something we are aware of but do not look at.

Address to 2014 National Labor Women’s Conference on women’s leadership

2.42pm | August 02, 2014

As we renew, Labor need leaders. We need intellectual leadership, we need political and organisational leadership and as always we need parliamentary leadership.

In this context, women’s leadership is not only right and just and fair – it is essential. 

Labor Women In Parliament: A country mile in front of the Country Party and a mile ahead of the Libs

12.00pm | May 11, 2013

The Daily Telegraph asked me to comment yesterday on the representation of women in the parliament.

The Tele’s request prompted me to compare our performance with the conservative parties, who’ve consistently attacked our affirmative action rule. They do so again in today’s paper.