Kate Ellis

In the third episode of BroadTalk, journalist Virginia Haussegger chats with the woman who set tongues wagging when as Australia’s Minister for Sport she dared strut in a figure-hugging leather dress and sky-high Gucci heels.

Despite being dubbed the “sexiest politician” in parliament, Kate Ellis managed to rise above the media madness and forged an outstanding political career over fifteen years. She was the youngest person to become a Federal Minister and went on to hold portfolios in Employment, Early Education and Childcare, Youth, and the Status of Women.

In a disarmingly frank discussion Kate reflects on the extraordinary challenges faced by women in politics; the pressure of relentless media trivialisation; the public’s misconception about what leadership looks like … and the need for greater truth and collegiality among women with ambition.

BroadTalk is hosted by Virginia Haussegger and produced by Martyn Pearce.


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