House debates

Monday, 9 November 2020

Statements by Members

Gender Equality

1:55 pm

Photo of Peta MurphyPeta Murphy (Dunkley, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

My wonderful electorate is named after a woman who fought for gender equality, for the value of work and for the transformative power of collective action. Louisa Dunkley achieved an equal pay provision in the Commonwealth Public Service Act 1902, but her legacy is so much more. It is inspiration for girls and women across my electorate and, I hope, our country, to stand up for equality, for fairness and for community. Her legacy is proof of what can be achieved through a committed, persuasive, inclusive and a progressive approach to politics.

This year, particularly this last week, Australians were introduced to another woman committed to fighting for those principles: the first, but not the last, female Vice-President of the USA, Kamala Harris. Let us all harness this moment of positivity and joy in world politics. Let's use the transformative power of collective action to achieve the future that every young girl and boy in Australia deserves. Let's commit to and achieve net zero emissions by 2020. Let's have a sustainable economy with good jobs, a growing economy and a healthy environment, and let's honour the women who have gone before us and the men who have joined their crusade to say that equality is something that we don't just hope for but we demand.