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The Whitlam government gave us no-fault divorce, women’s refuges and childcare. Australia needs another feminist revolution

Australia’s history of women and political rights is, to put it mildly, chequered.

It enfranchised (white) women very early, in 1902.

And it was the first country to give them the vote combined with the right to stand for parliament.

But it took 41 years for women to enter federal parliament.

The first two women federal MPs, Dorothy Tangney and Enid Lyons, were just memorialised with a joint statue in the parliamentary triangle.

It was unveiled this month – finally redressing the glaring absence of women in our statues.

Australia’s record of women’s rights is still uneven.

We pioneered aspects of…

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