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Men decide 'merit', making it difficult for women to get parliament cabinet roles: research

Sally Whyte
By Sally Whyte
Updated June 14 2021 - 9:01pm, first published 2:00pm
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Women Marise Payne. Picture: Getty Images

Using "merit" as an excuse for why there aren't more women in cabinets across Australian parliaments hides the way opaque selection processes actually favour political reasons for appointments, rather than skill or experience-based selections, new research shows.

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Sally Whyte

Sally Whyte

Federal Politics Reporter

I report on a range of issues in federal politics and the public service, with a real passion for how decisions made in Canberra affect the lives of Australians.

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