Experts predict reckoning at polls

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Monday 28 March 2022

As Australia barrels towards the federal election, experts from The Australian National University (ANU) say voters may take their frustration with political inaction on sexism and sexual violence to the polls.   

Since early 2021, the movement known as the Reckoning has fuelled an upsurge of discontent among people tired of the government's alleged lack of accountability around gender inequality.   

Dr Michelle Ryan, Director of the Global Institute for Women's Leadership (GIWL) at ANU, predicts women's votes and what are often described as 'women's issues' will play an important role in deciding who wins the most seats at the next federal election, due to be held in May.   

"We saw in the 2020 US election how female voters shaped the electoral outcome, and it could very well be the same here in Australia this year," she says.    

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