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Holdfast Bay’s historic eight-some.

November 18, 2014

Congratulations to the eight women  who took on tradition and secured a gender majority in Local Government history by dominating the voting for  twelve seats on Holdfast Bay Council.

As new councillor Rosie Aust put it, there had been too much testosterone “hanging around” the chamber during the previous term.

Maybe I am biased, but I don’t think that her charge could be applied to Unley. But having said that, it was unfortunate that personal circumstances prevented Goodwood Ward representative Denise Tipper from defending her seat, leaving Jennie Boisvert as the sole woman councillor.

P.s.  Why did The Advertiser have to trivialise Holdfast’s historic event by describing it as “Girl Power”?




One Comment leave one →
  1. Cr Bob Schnell permalink
    November 18, 2014 3:40 pm

    It is pretty woeful that Unley Council only has one female Councillor.
    There were two in the last Council.
    How did Holdfast Bay get eight females on Council?
    Is that good? Is it better than Unley? Aren’t the male constituents at Glenelg now inadequately represented?
    The gender make-up at Councils will always fluctuate.
    Does it really matter? We get what we are given and make it work. There shouldn’t be a song and dance about gender. It needs to be remembered that the residents voted and they determined the gender on Council; hopefully by merit rather than by a handsome male face.
    I hope that the matter of gender and equity doesn’t get raised in the life of our new Council.


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