• hill-and-bill

    by Anne Summers I am so honoured to be here and to have the opportunity to pay tribute to the memory of Margaret Whitlam – and to support the work of my local member, the deputy leader of the federal Opposition, the Hon Tanya Plibersek. I have called my remarks, ‘A beaut bird’ which is a description given to Margaret … Read More

  • Simon Bosch

    By Anne Summers   Illustration: Simon Bosch Spoiler alert: this is a very inner-Sydney story. Who would have thought that an electoral redistribution could cause such existential angst? Location, location, location might be the first rule of real estate but surely it’s immaterial when it comes to casting your federal vote? Not in Paddington, apparently. And, as a result, some Potts … Read More

  • Since 2007, Plibersek has held the non-cabinet portfolios of Housing, Status of Women, Social Inclusion and Human Services. In December last year, she was elevated to cabinet. She asked for the $51.1 billion Health portfolio, she says, because “if we get it right we can literally improve the lives of millions of people”. Read article.

  • In Australia in the 21st century the private sector is taking the lead in promoting equality for women in employment and championing women to be leaders in the business world, a field the federal government once had made its own.  Read my article in the Sydney Morning Herald, December 18 2010

  • Federal Labor promised to end the “double drop off” with 260 new childcare centres located in school grounds.  Last month they abandoned that promise – and raised the cost of child care, even though Treasury has proved to them that affordable quality child care is an essential pre-requisite to women being able to return to paid work after they have … Read More