Want a long career in federal politics? You will probably have a better chance if you are a man.
New data shows the current crop of male politicians in Canberra have served 774 days longer than their female counterparts on average.
The gap is even bigger in the House of Representatives, where governments are formed and prime ministers sit.
There, men have served 1,167 days longer. That’s roughly three years and two months, or to put it simply, an entire extra term in office.
They also outnumber women in the Lower House about two to one — 104 to 47.
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In the Senate, the situation is much more equal. In fact, in the Upper House, women have a slight edge in terms of experience.
Current female senators have served 224 days – seven and a half months — longer than their male counterparts on average.
They also slightly outnumber men 39 to 37.
The figures are based on the average lengths of service of sitting parliamentarians and were compiled by the Parliamentary Library at the end of April, following debate about the treatment of women and the workplace culture in Canberra.
They seem to suggest that men are in safer Lower House seats overall, and are therefore less likely to lose their spots at an election.
Once in office, it also indicates men may try to stay on longer or are able to more easily fend off pre-selection challenges.
Male MPs in the government (representatives of the Liberals and Nationals) have served roughly three years and seven months longer than women in their parties.
In the Labor opposition, male MPs have served about three years and one month longer.
This service gap has consequences for promotion and influence in Canberra.
Generally, ministers serve at least a term before rising to a higher role, and there are only seven women and 16 men in the current Cabinet.
Many of the most high-profile and outspoken backbenchers quoted in the media are also men.
“This data confirms the male-dominated cultures of the major parties,” said Greens senator Larissa Waters, whose party requested the research.
“Men are parachuted into safe seats, while women are forced to fight tooth and nail for pre-selection in marginal electorates.
When it comes to the Senate, representation has become substantially more equal in recent years.
This has been driven by major party pre-selections, which have generally made sure women are put in a winnable spot on the ticket, as well as the greater influence of minor parties in the Upper House.
Two of the government’s most senior female ministers, Marise Payne and Michaelia Cash, are both senators.
Of course, the data can be skewed somewhat by a few very long-serving individuals.
Women in the right-wing, anti-immigrant One Nation party have served for four years and three months longer than men in the party.
This is down to leader Pauline Hanson herself.
Women in the Greens have also served longer than men by nearly nine months on average.
On the opposite side of the ledger are the Nationals.
Overall, male parliamentarians in the former Country Party have served four years and two months longer than women.
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