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24 March 2021
Sir, – Recent revelations at Federal Government level have rocked our society.
Record numbers of women and men have peacefully protested the fundamental expectation that we have the right to work in workplaces that are safe for all, including the highest levels of government.
While all this has been disturbing, it is worth shining the light on local government in contrast. Victoria recently elected a record 272 women to local government. The most in Australian history. Forty-four percent of local government councillors in Victoria are women.
Four of seven councillors in Horsham Rural City Council are women and I am so proud of our community for leading the way on electing more than 50 percent female representation.
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We have new local government Acts and new governance rules in accordance, to set standards and provide safe and appropriate frameworks, conducive to safe and flourishing work environments.
It is often said that local government is the pathway to a career in politics.
For women considering a career in politics going forward, let’s hope the standards set in local government may also pave the way for entry into state and federal level if they choose.
As we continue to navigate our way through the issues facing federal politics, let’s be uplifted by the standards and representations of our local government sector.
Cr Claudia Haenel
Horsham Rural City Council