Not now, not ever!
EACH YEAR the Ninderry Branch of the Queensland Labor Party hold a celebratory dinner and this year’s branch dinner will see a break from tradition with a guest speaker from outside the Party.
Branch President Bill Gissane said it was important to consider views from a diverse range of sources and the famous Julia Gillard speech will be honoured at the dinner this year.
“The Labor Party is about ‘Equality’ and there was never a better time to consider the advance of women in society than with the tenth anniversary of Julia Gillard’s Misogyny Speech.”
Ten years ago, on October 9th, Australia’s first female Prime Minister rose to her feet in Parliament to respond to the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott accusing her of sexism. Throughout her time as PM, Ms Gillard had been the subject of a vicious sexist smear campaign, both in Parliament and elsewhere.
Ms Gillard’s response to Mr. Abbott was the now famous Misogyny Speech which echoed around the world.
What has changed since then? To answer that question will be special guest speaker Dr Stefanie Fishel, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the Sunshine Coast University.
Has there been more acceptance and respect for women in Australian politics? Dr. Fishel will undoubtedly make interesting observations, particularly in light of the success of the many independent teal candidates.
Overall, there was a record of 58 women elected to the Lower House in this year’s federal election.
Also addressing the Dinner will be newly elected Queensland State Secretary, Kate Flanders.
Members and guests will be sure to enjoy an evening with much lively discussion and camaraderie. The Dinner is to be held at the Coolum/Peregian RSL on Saturday, October 8 and tickets can be obtained by contacting Ninderry Labor via email@example.com or Facebook: ALP – Ninderry Branch