Drilling down into the gender balance in Australia’s parliament

Drilling down into the gender balance in Australia’s parliament

The Guardian

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Analysis: While women make up only 31% of the House of Representatives, they’re the majority in the Senate at 53%

The treatment of women in Australian politics has been dominating headlines. We thought it necessary to take a look at the gender balance in Australia’s parliament – not simply at a whole, but across several variables – to better understand gender dynamics in politics. The data reveals some fascinating insights.

Overall women form 38% of our federal parliament but breaking it down between the two houses reveals a discrepancy. While women make up only 31% of the 151-member House of Representatives, they’re the majority in the 76-member Senate at 53%, which puts Australia ahead of Canada and the US in terms of female representation in the upper house.

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