Candidate pushes equality
GREENS Party candidate for Tweed Andrea Vickers yesterday joined International Women's Day celebrations with local Aboriginal women at the Minjungbal Cultural Centre in Tweed Heads South.
Not surprisingly, she used the occasion for a spot of campaigning for the March 26 state election, pointing out that relatively few women are in top levels of business or politics in Australia.
“It seems incredible to me that, after 110 years of being able to stand for parliament, only a quarter of the seats in the NSW Lower House are actually held by women,” Ms Vickers said.
“If we had more women in politics, maybe our system of government would reflect better the principles of inclusiveness, respectful communication, and team problem-solving that women excel at.
“Perhaps then we would see government working more efficiently for us, rather than using up time and resources in conflict and point-scoring.”
Ms Vickers said the Greens were committed to equal pay, opportunity and responsibility in society.
“More than half of the Greens' candidates in this month's state election are women, including the candidates for Clarence, Lismore, Tweed, Port Macquarie and Northern Tablelands,” she said.
“The Greens will work to remove barriers to women's participation, properly fund and support government efforts to advance women's rights... and challenge negative portrayals of women in advertising.
“Across the state, the NSW Greens are celebrating the fact that 51%, or 58 out of 114 candidates running at the NSW election, are women.”