Roundtable: Gender and sexuality issues in the 2016 federal election

Stream: Panel 15 - Gender Politics: Roundtable: Gender and Sexuality Issues in the 2016 Federal Election
Date: Monday, 26 September 2016
Time: 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm


This roundtable will include Helen Hodgson, Carol Johnson and Marian Sawer, discussing issues of same-sex marriage, gender equality, tax and transfer policy and gender performances in the 2016 federal election. This is the first federal election contested by the Australian Equality Party (Marriage) and the first federal election in which the major parties have endorsed a number of openly gay candidates. It is also the first federal election in which women hold the position of Deputy Leader not only of the Liberal and Labor Parties and the Greens, but also of the Nationals. Labor has promised a women's policy, unlike 2013, and the panel will explore the extent the major parties address a broader gamut of gender issues across the tax and transfer system, in addition to gender-based violence.


Marian Sawer (Presenter), ANU
Marian Sawer is an ANU Public Policy Fellow and Emeritus Professor. She has published widely on liberal ideology and democratic theory and practice and is the author or editor of 18 books – including most recently Party Rules! Dilemmas of party regulation (with Anika Gauja). She has been actively involved with gender equality policy both inside and outside government and was made an Officer of the Order of Australiain 1994 for her work in this area.

Carol Johnson (Presenter), University of Adelaide
Carol Johnson is a Professor of Politics at the University of Adelaide. She has published extensively on the politics of gender and sexuality, including recent articles in Australian Feminist Studies, the Australian Journal of Political Science, Sexualities and Politics & Gender. She is a co-editor (with John Wanna) of Abbott’s Gambit: The 2013 Australian Federal Election and (with Manon Tremblay and David Paternotte) of The Lesbian and Gay Movement and the State: Comparative Insights into a Transformed Relationship.

Helen Hodgson (Presenter), Curtin University
Helen Hodgson is an Associate Professor in Taxation at Curtin Law School. She has published in areas of gender and economic policy, including the tax and transfer system, gender budgeting, and superannuation. Her PhD was awarded for an analysis of the Family Tax Transfer system. She is currently a member of the social policy committee of the National Foundation for Australian Women, and was also a member of the WA Legislative Council from 1997 to 2001, elected as an Australian Democrat.