2021 Scholarship applications NOW OPEN!

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The ERN Committee is thrilled to announce that the Bridget Whelan Scholarship will be going ahead in 2021, after its postponement in 2020 (due to COVID).  

You can find the details of how to apply on our Scholarship page.  While you're there, check out the work of previous scholarship recipients and start thinking about how you could contribute to your own professional development and the mission of the ERN through applying this year.

Elizabeth Reid Network

The Elizabeth Reid Network was launched in 2016 as a network for current and former women advisers within the Australian Labor Party. Its goal is to create a network to support women advisers and to encourage their participation in the political process.

Where are they now?

Since our patron, Elizabeth Reid, became the first Women’s Adviser ever appointed by a Prime Minister in 1973, there have been literally thousands of women employed as staffers of ALP parliamentarians and party offices.

Now you can learn what some of these fabulous women have gone on to do in their professional (and personal) lives.

Read the latest in our 'Where are they Now' Series from Cara Varian.



In Conversation with Penny Wong

The ERN hosted our first ever online event with the wonderful Senator Penny Wong - more than 40 members participated and we heard from all three Bridget Whelan Scholarship recipients about their study tours and outcomes (including from Rachael Durrant who had given birth to her first child only weeks beforehand). Georgia Worth provided an update on her survey of current and former female staffers and members expressed great interest in hearing more about this in the coming months.  Senator Wong welcomed input from the ERN into current party work around better protections and support for female staff members which was taken up enthusiastically by the ERN Committee.

Watch out for more online events in future - a great way to bring our diverse national and international network together!


National Labor Conference Fringe Event:


We had a great event at the Adelaide ALP Fringe Conference in December, with special guests The Hon. Kate Ellis MP (Member for Adelaide), and Clare O'Neil MP (Member for Hotham, Shadow Minister for Financial Services) discussing some of the key issues facing women in politics today. Hosted by the president of the Elizabeth Reid Network, Annie O'Rourke.  

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