For International Women’s Day, Senator Marise Payne spoke to a packed Great Hall at Parliament House this week on women in public sector leadership, drawing on her experience of climbing the Liberal Party ladder and three ministerial portfolios.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs spoke of progress towards gender equality in traditionally male-dominated sectors like defence, national security and foreign affairs, arguing that having more women in these fields leads to better outcomes in terms of international peace and security.
Payne, who was the first female president of the Young Liberals and has previously led the Defence and Human Services portfolios, said she found “patience” was important to get ahead in the political party. She also urged all federal department heads to adopt a domestic violence strategy using one developed by DHS as a template.
The minister’s speech was followed by a discussion with pre-selected audience members and the head of her department, Frances Adamson, who hosted the event as president of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, ACT Division. The head of the Commonwealth Office for Women, Trish Bergin, closed the event with reflections on her own experience in the public service.
Video produced by contentgroup for IPAA ACT. Image: RLDI.