Former prime minister John Howard says it's unlikely parliament will ever see a 50-50 gender split because it's "just a fact of society" that women are too busy acting as primary care givers.
Despite prime minister Malcolm Turnbull's declaration that "women hold up half the sky", they don't hold up half of the 45th parliament. They barely represent one third - with 73 women and 153 men holding seats in Canberra.
Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.
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