Winner of 2019 Scholarship Announced

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Congratulations Georgia Goldsworthy - recipient of the 2019 Bridget Whelan Scholarship!
15 October 2019

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2019 Bridget Whelan Scholarship is Georgia Goldsworthy, formerly an adviser to The Hon. Senator Penny Wong and currently an adviser and member of the Parliament team in the office of the Leader of the Opposition.

The judging panel for the scholarship included The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, President of the ERN Annie O’Rourke and member of the ERN Executive Kirsten Mulley.  The $10,000 scholarship will go towards professional development training and travel, as well as transferring knowledge to the rest of the ERN members and current ALP staffers.

It was only slightly awkward that the Leader of the Opposition, The Hon. Anthony Albanese MP had to present the award to one of this own staff members (!!) but both coped with grace and Georgia gave a wonderful acceptance speech (see extract below).

We were also very pleased that Rachael Durrant, winner of the 2018 scholarship, was able to present some of the findings from her 2018 study tour in the US and will be providing a written report for members to read in the near future.

Thanks to Bridget’s brother and nephew for attending, along with the many Members and Senators, Canberra-based staffers, who attended this event and all those who continue to support the ERN and the Scholarship through donations (if you haven’t managed to make a donation yet, please contact to get the details - every dollar counts!)

Excerpt of Georgia Goldsworthy's Acceptance Speech 

2018 Recipient - Rachel Durrant

2017 Recipient - Karelle Logan

Georgia Goldsworthy and The Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Leader of the Opposition 

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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.

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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.