THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS & INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
SENATOR THE HON LISA SINGH
SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER
LABOR SENATOR FOR TASMANIA
VISIT TO THE ALLIANCE OF GIRLS SCHOOL LEADERSHIP FORUM
THURSDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 2014
This morning Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek and Labor Senator Lisa Singh visited Ogilvie High School to talk to female students from across Hobart high schools about leadership and the rights of women and girls.
“It's important to say to the girls of today that there is a place for women in every part of Australian life: every workplace, every company board and every Cabinet table,” said Tanya Plibersek.
“Speaking with the girls at Ogilvie today, we discussed the challenges and rewards of public life, and of the importance of feminism in empowering women to freely choose the lives that are most meaningful to them.”
“While there are areas where we have seen progress, such as the increase of women in positions of political leadership, there are many ways in which we are going backwards,” said Senator Singh.
“The appointment of only one woman out of nineteen members of Tony Abbott’s Cabinet is emblematic of this.”
“It is important that the next generation of women are aware of the inequities that women face across society, ranging from the 18.2 per cent pay gap to the levels of family violence that afflict one in three Australian women.”
The Alliance of Girls Schools which hosted the event is a network of schools advocating for girls' education.