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In Sex, Lies and Question Time, former MP Kate Ellis looks at what it is really like to be a woman in Australian politics today. 

In 2017, a survey showed zero per cent of young Australian women would consider entering politics. Zero. In a time when we critically need women in our parliament, and in a country that was an early leader in women's political participation, there is a perception that women and politics don’t mix. Shocking incidents have exposed the sexism that women in politics face from opposition, the media, the public, even their own colleagues. And those headlines only tell half the story. 

In Sex, Lies and Question Time, Kate Ellis tells the sometimes enraging, often funny and incredibly honest full story of women in Australian politics today. As well as sharing the experiences of her own 15 years in parliament, Kate has spoken to politicians from across Australia’s political spectrum, including former prime minister Julia Gillard, Julia Bishop, Penny Wong, Linda Burney, Sarah Hanson Young and Pauline Hanson. Kate explores issues like sexism, bullying, motherhood, appearances, social media, racism, the sisterhood and, of course, sex. But she also celebrates everything Australian female politicians have achieved. Because most of all this book is a powerful call for Australian women to inspire to political leadership, to shape a fairer Australia - where ‘women’s issues’ are everyone’s issues.

©2021 Kate Ellis (P)2021 W F Howes

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Such a relevant book

Wonderfully written, informative and so spot on about the issues facing women who work in our patriarchal society. Beautiful and clear narration. I really enjoyed listening to this book and I hope it will be a call to arms for any woman or girl considering a career in politics.

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interesting listening

the first half is great! very interesting, it does drag on towards the end, but still worth finishing as it's very informative

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Excellent, timely book.

This is an excellent book that is perfectly timed for the global and political climate we’re living. Ellis is compelling and incisive, and her book gives much to think about and change in Australian politics.

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An Important Perspective

Kate Ellis shares get experiences as an Australian politician and provides the input and experience from other female politicians from all parties.
Such an important book, especially for discussion on change and the future, for any woman considering public life.
No doubt many men could learn a great deal, & lead to better outcomes. Bravo Kate Ellis!

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