Words associated with madness and emotion are used against women to discredit them and undermine their authority.
The media have great power in shaping our ideas of people, places and ideas that are beyond our experience. And some need to get much better at how they treat women.
Scott Morrison and Michael McCormack have both called for empathy training for MPs. But it has all the hallmarks of a human resources fad.
Sussan Ley on being a woman in politics.
Michelle Grattan discusses the role of women in government with Liberal MP Sussan Ley
There are currently four separate inquiries into the shocking allegations made by Higgins. But it is also vital that the structural issues around ministerial staffers and accountability be addressed.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Former MP Kate Ellis on the culture within parliament house.
Michelle Grattan discusses the culture of parliament house with former MP Kate Ellis.
Higgins has said she also wants a central role in driving reform in the way Parliament House handles issues like her alleged rape.
It is true federal parliament is an atypical work environment. But that does not make it “special” and therefore, beyond community standards.
For many of us, this hack seems to have come out of the blue. But cyber measures targeting Australian government infrastructure are the ‘new normal’.
Why not turn the moat of parkland enclosing Parliament House into a new inner-city?