Stay clear of the Prayer Room

A prelude to the Brittany Higgins case
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July 2021, no. 433
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Sex, Lies and Question Time by Kate Ellis

Hardie Grant Books, $32.99 pb, 273 pp

Stay clear of the Prayer Room

A prelude to the Brittany Higgins case
by
July 2021, no. 433

Following 200 pages of at times harrowing detail in which former Labor MP Kate Ellis outlines the extent of the sexist and misogynist behaviour she endured as a member of the Australian Parliament, she asks herself: ‘Is it worth the hard days, the unnecessary crap?’ ‘Yes’, she replies. ‘Every. Single. Second. No question.’

This trade-off for women is a tragedy for Australia’s political culture. Women MPs must balance the opportunities to effect change with the ‘unnecessary crap’. And despite Ellis’s unwarranted confidence, we cannot say with any certainty that things are improving for women in Australian politics.

Katrina Lee-Koo reviews 'Sex, Lies and Question Time' by Kate Ellis

Sex, Lies and Question Time

by Kate Ellis

Hardie Grant Books, $32.99 pb, 273 pp

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