With 151 members in the House of Representatives and 40 seats standing for election in the Senate now confirmed, there has been an increase in women in the House of Representatives, the number of Asian-Australian politicians doubling and indigenous representation. now reflects the national population.
“This betrays a really serious issue. It shows that we have a lot more work to do to ensure that our social and political structure includes people from a range of backgrounds,” he said.
WA Senator Jordon Steele-John is the Greens ’spokesperson for disability rights and services. Source: AAP / Luke Coch
Senator Steele-John – who was elected to the Senate in 2017 – said the current makeup of the Australian parliament sent a message to people from marginalized communities that “parliament is not a place for them”.
“People with disabilities are locked into decision-making spaces, which makes those spaces less accessible, which is more used to lock people with disabilities outside – it’s a vicious cycle,” he said.
Per Capita think tank executive director Emma Dawson agreed that while the 47th parliamentary result was “much improved”, there was “still work to be done”.
Rank the women up
It is a considerable increase from the last parliament of 31.9 percent, as of December 2020, according to parliamentary library figures, making this parliament the sexiest in history.
“Women are not the minority. We are half the population – a little over half the population – and having equal representation is absolutely fundamental,” Ms Dawson said.
Indigenous representation rises
That’s a 67 percent increase compared to the last parliament, where only six members of parliament were indigenous.
It also means for the first time two Indigenous women will lead the NT Senate seats, with Senator Price joining Malarndirri McCarthy in Labor.
Asian-Australian representation more than doubled
Only three Australians of Asian descent were in the House of Representatives before the 2022 federal election. These figures have more than doubled in what has been described as a “major improvement” by Ms Dawson.
But advocates remain dissatisfied with 4 per cent of Asian-Australian representation in parliament. This compares with 16 per cent of Australia’s population born in Asian countries, according to the 2016 census.
“I think the challenge now is to make sure they keep on the chairs next time around.”
First Muslims do it in federal parliament
“It is very important that those who represent us in our parliament reflect the ethnic and cultural composition of the country.”
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