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The gender composition of the 45th parliament


Following the 2016 election the total number of women in Parliament has risen slightly from 69 (31 per cent) to 73 (32 per cent).

The number of women in the House of Representatives has risen to 43 (29 per cent), up from 40 (27 per cent) at the end of the 44th Parliament. The number of women in the Senate has increased by one since the end of the 44th Parliament to 30 senators (39 per cent).

As is the case in many parliaments around the world, women remain significantly under-represented in the Australian parliament. The Australian figures are similar to those of comparable countries such as Canada, where women make up 29 percent of the parliament, and New Zealand, where women make up 31 per cent of the parliament.

The Parliamentary Library will soon publish a Quick Guide on the composition of all Australian parliaments by party and gender which will include updated Commonwealth and state figures. A further update will be published following the Australian Capital Territory election on 15 October 2016.


Composition of the 45th Parliament by party and gender

 

House of Representatives

Senate

Total Parliament

Party

M

F

%F

M

F

%F

M

F

%F

Australian Labor Party

41

28

41

12

14

54

53

42

44

Liberal Party

48

12

20

18

6

25

66

18

21

Nationals

15

1

6

3

2

40

18

3

14

Country Liberal Party

 

 

 

1

 

0

1

 

0

Australian Greens

1

 

0

4

5

56

5

5

50

Derryn Hinch's Justice Party

 

 

 

1

 

0

1

 

0

Family First Party

 

 

 

1

 

0

1

 

0

Jacqui Lambie Network

 

 

 

 

1

100

 

1

100

Katter’s Australian Party

1

 

0

 

 

 

1

 

0

Liberal Democratic Party

 

 

 

1

 

0

1

 

0

Nick Xenophon Team

 

1

100

2

1

33

2

2

50

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation

 

 

 

3

1

25

3

1

25

Independents

1

1

50

 

 

 

1

1

50

Total

107

43

29

46

30

39

153

73

32

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