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Congratulations to Rachel Durrant - recipient of the 2018 Bridget Whelan Scholarship!

Labor Leader Bill Shorten announced in Parliament House that the winner of the annual $10,000 Bridget Whelan Scholarship is Rachel Durrant, currently the Adviser on Communications and Campaigns from The Hon. Tanya Plibersek’s office. The event was attended by our Patron, Elizabeth Reid AO, Senators, MPs, staffers and special guests including Bridget Whelan’s sister and niece.


Rachel has worked for the Deputy Leader of the Opposition for 6 years, and has a real passion for exploring innovative ways to use communications and campaign techniques.  A particular area of interest for her is how the party campaigns in inner city seats where the changing demographics and geography means that traditional methods of direct voter contact don’t work.


The scholarship funds will be used to travel to the US and meet with Democrat campaign units and other groups using digital campaigning techniques to investigate the latest ways of integrating digital and field campaigning.  This information will be able to be shared with campaign teams across the country and help shape the narrative of policies for upcoming elections.


Thanks to all of those who shared this special event with us, including last year’s winner Karelle Logan who gave a report on her participation in a Wellstone Training Camp on progressive campaigning techniques.


Read Karelle's speech here >

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 second of our 'Where are they Now' Series, with Laura Chalmers.


Blockbuster Event:


A fantastic event with lots of ERN members - from Victoria and interstate - attending on Saturday 25th August to hear Julia Gillard and Jenny Macklin talk about their experiences in politics.  Plenty of great women candidates in marginal seats will be campaigning hard in Vic over the next few months.  And who knows when we’re going to have a Federal election…?

View the gallery of photos from the evening on our EVENTS page. 


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.