After 1993, Paul Keating became ever-more dominant in cabinet policy discussions to ensure a legacy for the Labor government.
Setting targets is one way to attain more female MPs, but it must be accompanied by cultural change.
The effect of gender quotas on an organisation's performance depends on employee's attitude towards quotas, which in turn depends on the labour market environment.
Women remain systemically underrepresented at the top levels of Australia's most powerful institutions – including the media, universities, government, judiciary and corporate sector.
Are quotas the best way to challenge sexism and discrimination in politics and workplaces?
Australia is lagging behind other countries in adopting practical measures to achieve gender balance in public decision-making.
Without quotas to correct the effects of these gender biases, the under-representation of women Coalition MPs is effectively guaranteed.
David Morrison being unofficially anointed a "Warrior for Women", reflects the belief that women need male champions in order to succeed.