Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Attitude Change Needed

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Attitude Change Needed

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Byline: comment DAVID BANCROFT david.bancroft@dailyexaminer.com.au

YESTERDAY we carried a front page story about a remarkable young woman from South Grafton who more than one person has claimed could one day be the prime minister of Australia.

Kaleesha Morris, who is now studying law in Sydney, was the first to feature in an SBS documentary series, About Women, which aired last night.

Series field director Jane Manning described Kaleesha as a remarkable woman and that she would not be surprised to see her in any leadership role.

But if Kaleesha ever did try to become prime minister there are two points that weigh heavily against her, and neither of them should.

Rather than reflect badly on this talented girl, they reflect badly on the rest of society.

They are her Aboriginality and her gender.

Let's start with the gender issue; Australia, despite being one of the first countries to give women the right to vote, has only once voted for a female leader, Anna Bligh. …

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