Female politicians given less speaking time
THE effectiveness of women in Australian Senate estimates hearings is being limited because they are given less time to speak and are more negatively interrupted than their male colleagues, a study has found.
Australia is currently ranked 54th in the world for the representation of women in parliament, behind countries like Afghanistan and Ethiopia.
Despite 39 per cent of Australian senators being female, the study found women experience unequal treatment because of masculine communication styles.
University of Canberra PhD candidate Joanna Richards investigated 10 years of records for her thesis, Let Her Finish: Gender, Sexism, and Deliberative Participation In Australian Senate Estimates Hearings.
She wanted to figure out exactly how much women were interrupted compared to their male colleagues, whether the nature of the interruptions were different and the reaction when women interrupted men.
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