In International Women’s Day speech, former Liberal party deputy stops short of recommending gender quotas

It was seeing herself as the only woman in a 19-strong cabinet room, where the prime minister had appointed himself the minister for women, which made Julie Bishop think “it was quite clear that we have some way to go” in addressing gender inequality and discrimination.

Australia’s first female foreign affairs minister said she was constantly asked – when first appointed to cabinet in 2006 as the minister for education, science and training, as well as the minister for women’s issues – by men and “only men”, “Why isn’t there a minister for men’s issues?”.

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