Lake Macquarie Greens say more women councillors needed

In her candidate’s speech at the 2004 Local Government Greens Campaign Launch today at Yamuloong, Garden Suburb, LAKE MACQUARIE GREENS EAST WARD candidate AMANDA WILSON said International Women’s Day on MONDAY MARCH 8 was a timely reminder of the need to see more women voted into office at the March 27 council elections.

Ms Wilson said the Greens were committed to women participate fully in all areas of life, including the government and business worlds which were historically dominated by men.
Ms Wilson said this domination was especially obvious on Lake Macquarie City Council, where only one of the sitting 12 of councillors was a woman. She said that of the 14 number one candidates standing in Lake Macquarie, only 3 were women. Ms Wilson is the only female number one candidate in the East Ward. “At a council level, many decisions, from the opening hours of its various services to attitudes toward childcare, impact more on women than men. Increasing the number of women councillors is the first step to having a council that truly represents all of its residents.” Ms Wilson said. Ms Wilson said there were high profile situations right now in Australian society that showed relations between men and women had a long way to go to reach the equality that even conservative sections of society recognised were necessary and inevitable. Referring to the Bulldogs crisis enveloping Rugby League and the shocking murders of two women in Darwin, Ms Wilson said women had the right to be safe wherever they were. Ms Wilson said Greens policy dealt directly with this issue. “Any act of violence should be condemned publicly and privately as unacceptable.”

“I know we cannot change the world overnight, but the women of Lake Macquarie can make a difference at a local level by thinking carefully about the way they vote on March 27, and voting Green will increase the number of women on Lake Macquarie City Council.”

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